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Europol: Islamic State is preparing new terrorist attacks in Europe

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIslamic State terrorist organization is capable of carrying out terrorist attacks on a global scale, and after the most recent terrorist attacks in Paris, this terrorist organization will concentrate on Europe even more, as reported by Europol Chief Rob Wainwright.

During a press-conference, Wainwright said that ‘the so-called Islamic State had developed a new combat style capability to carry out a campaign of large-scale terrorist attacks on a global stage, with a particular focus in Europe.’

«So-called Islamic State has a willingness and a capability to carry out further attacks in Europe, and of course all national authorities are working to prevent that from happening,» – he added.

Wainwright also presented Europol’s latest report on changes in activities of terrorist groups.

It is mentioned in this report that IS has plans for new terrorist attacks, including attacks similar to those that took place in Mumbai (terrorists carried out coordinated attacks, killing 164 people in the Indian city of Mumbai in 2008), in EU member states and especially France.

It is mentioned in the report that terrorists will likely focus on soft targets because of the impact they cause among the civil population of countries under attack. The attacks that took place in Paris in November 2015 and the bombing of the Russian passenger plane demonstrate changes in the terrorists’ activities, which are gradually becoming global.

IS has developed an «external action command» that is trained for «special forces-style attacks internationally», as added in the report.

Europol does say that there is low probability of terrorists attempting to enter Europe by hiding among migrants.

«There is no concrete evidence that terrorist travellers systematically use the flow of refugees to enter Europe unnoticed,» – states Europol.

The agency does warn, however, that immigrants and refugees can become radicalised and recruited by terrorists. There is evidence to suggest extremist often try to recruit people in refugee centres.

Europol has opened a new counter-terrorism centre in Hague. One of the main objectives of this centre is collecting information about more than 5,000 European residents who have departed for Syria and Iraq to fight on the side of IS, explains Wainwright.

«We already have details on 3,700 fighters actively engaged in the conflict zone but that’s not the full picture and it’s something we will be addressing through priority work of the new centre,» – he said.

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