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State Security Service says terrorism threat level in Latvia remained low in 2018

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThanks to active work from security services, fewer terrorist attacks took place in Europe last year. Terror attack threat level in Latvia remained low last year, according to State Security Service, previously known as Security Police.

Due to increased risks of terrorist attacks, European security services were on high alert in 2018, actively performing counter-terrorism measures and preventing threats in time.

It is thanks to active work of security services that fewer terrorist attacks took place in Europe in 2018 when compared to 2018. There were 20 terrorist attacks in 2017 and only six in 2018. «The number of attacks prevented by security services has doubled, which means the overall threat level has not changed in Europe,» Latvia’s State Security Service notes.

The biggest threats came from Islamic State terrorist organization and its supporters in 2018. Although military losses make it harder for them to perform terrorist attacks in Europe, the Islamic State continues creating and distributing propaganda to encourage Europe-based supporters to commit crimes in their home countries, the service adds.

According to Latvia’s State Security Service, some threats to Europe’s security were caused by solo terrorists not associated with any existing terrorist organizations.

Analysis of terrorist attacks that have taken place and the attacks that were successfully prevented point to terrorists favouring primitive attacks that require no prior preparation – using sharp objects or heavy vehicles to kill or injure people. Terrorists mainly target crowds and law enforcement officers.

In spite of the losses the Islamic State suffered in Syria and Iraq, current estimates show that threat of terrorist attacks in Europe will remain unchanged in 2019.

Latvia’s State Security Service reports that there are no people or terrorist organizations in Latvia planning to perform attacks in the country. Officials believe the main threat in Latvia comes from multiple residents joining the Islamic State and taking part in the armed conflict in Syria. Such people could potentially influence local Muslims to radicalize and also take part in terrorist attacks.

In spite of increased risks in several European countries, analysis shows that overall terrorism threat level in Latvia will remain unchanged in 2019.


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