IS members use student ‘mules’ at Irish colleges to finance operations

Islamist extremists are using unsuspecting students in Irish third level colleges to transfer the proceeds of internet fraud to finance Islamic State terrorist operations.

The unwitting, mostly foreign, students are duped into opening personal accounts in Irish banks by secret IS sympathisers who are members of a back-up network providing logistical support in the form of cash and false travel documents to terrorists in Britain and Europe.

Known in the security world as “mules” the oblivious participants are given money to open the accounts in return for the PIN codes, ATM cards and online banking details.