London [UK], Feb 25 (ANI): They may have laid a path of terror and destruction in Iraq and Syria, but the dreaded Islamic State (IS) group has spread its wings beyond these terror-ravaged countries to the unlikeliest places on Earth.
Here are some of the other countries the dreaded terror group has formed an unlikely foothold:
"We are the soldiers of the Caliphate, and we will come to you to clarify to you with the tongues of our weapons, to shed blood like rivers and avenging the oppressed," it said in a statement.
A Washington-based think tank has found that around 114 Uighurs have since joined the terror group, the highest number of foreign fighters from any one region of the world, outside of Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.
The Caribbean country, home to around 1.3 million people, has the highest rate of IS foreign recruitment in the Western hemisphere.
Around 30,000 Britishers visit Trinidad and Tobago every year.
The island country has a thriving international oil and gas industry and the potential terror threats have worried the US more.
3. New Zealand
One of only two known faces of New Zealand "jihadis" (militants), Mark Taylor, is on a US watchlist as a global terrorist.
He was reportedly last seen in Syria, but his whereabouts remain unknown.
4. South Africa
"Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in South Africa. Attacks could be indiscriminate‚ including in places visited by foreigners such as shopping areas in major cities‚" the advisory read.
Several days after they vanished last week‚ South African elite force, the Hawks counter-terror operatives swooped on a man and woman they are holding under protracted surveillance.
5. The Maldives
The island country is becoming infamous as a fertile recruiting ground for the IS as it has seen a rise in extremism in recent years, coupled with the current political turmoil.
From a population of 400,000, at least 200 young Maldivians are believed to have fled to the Middle East to fight for the dreaded terror group.
"Terrorism now remains the most immediate threat to national security", the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) said in a recent annual report.
"These extremists also pose a potential threat if they return to Canada. For instance, they may radicalise others, help with logistics and financing for those who may want to travel abroad, or engage in attack planning here in Canada," said CSIS director Michel Coulombe.
The security agency cited several examples, such as the attack on Parliament Hill in October 2014 and the killing of terrorist suspect Aaron Driver in August 2016 in its report.
A man stabbed a police officer several times before mowing down four pedestrians in a suspected terror attack in Edmonton. An IS flag was found inside the vehicle. (ANI)