ISIS targets unaccompanied under-18s migrants to attract new recruits

Extremist groups such as the so-called Islamic State are targeting unaccompanied child refugees in conflict zones, a UK think tank warns. A report from counter-extremism organisation the Quilliam Foundation says smugglers are also being paid to bring the recruits into Europe. It says that when the unaccompanied under-18s arrive in the UK, hundreds then go missing from the care system, BBC says.

Citing failures in the approach of Europe, particularly the UK, towards protecting child refugees travelling alone, the report warns that jihadi groups, including Isis and Boko Haram, have attempted to recruit within refugee camps using financial incentives, as well as working with the people smugglers, The Guardian reports.