Interpol police support directorate director Michael O'Connell has said that biometrics can help authorities in the Asia-Pacific prevent their citizens from travelling to Syria to join the Islamic State extremist group.O'Connell said the organisation was witnessing a “global pull” of motivated individuals being drawn into the IS campaign.Speaking at the Biometrics Institute APAC conference in Sydney, O'Connell said: “Some of [Interpol's] key findings include an increase in the number of Asian foreign fighters joining the conflict in Syria and Iraq with diverse backgrounds including militants, students, clerics and former detainees”.”Their assessment is that numbers coming from the [APAC] region are likely to grow with a forecast of approximately 800 unless we do something different,” he said, reported Computer World.”Europe provides 26 more times fingerprint data than the APAC region and 623 times more DNA data. Yet, we know the [APAC] region has the technology and does make use of it at national levels.”O'Connell added that APAC authorities can partner with Interpol and connect to its biometric capabilities.”Using biometrics in an integrated and dynamic way shows you can make a difference. In 2014 we identified significant military actions within Africa led to arrests of suspected terrorists. However, the detention facilities in Mali did not have any biometric capabilities.”