July 11, 2016 / 11:47 AM / in a year

'Terrorists' smuggled into Europe with refugees, Merkel says

BERLIN (Reuters) - Militant groups smuggled some of their members into Europe in the wave of migrants who have fled from Syria, German Chancellor Angela said on Monday.

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a working session at the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

“In part, the refugee flow was even used to smuggle terrorists,” Merkel told a rally of her Christian Democrats in eastern Germany.

More than 1 million migrants arrived in Germany last year, many of them Syrians.

Reporting by Noah Barkin and Paul Carrel

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