Europe must prepare this year for more terrorist attacks says Europol. The New Year’s Day, a day which should be celebrated, became a hellish day due to a terrorist attack at a nightclub, the act was claimed by the terrorist group Daesh.
The European Counter-Terrorism Centre (ECTC) was realized in early 2016 to make Europe safer, but the EU law enforcement agency, Europol, together with member states intelligence services came under fire because of the lack of coordinated intelligence sharing followed by terrorist attacks Charlie Hebdo and Paris attacks. It has made enormous efforts to fuse databases together and enhance cooperation between enforcement agencies.
On January 2016, Interpol said in a statement that the rapidly growing foreign fighters are a new challenge for the EU Member States. The Paris attacks on November 13, 2015, indicates an international dimension of Islamic State to commit special forces style attacks on international environments.
On January 1, 2016, a 29-year-old Frenchman with Tunisian background with rammed his car into a car with four soldiers parked next to a mosque. According to witnesses, the attacker shouted: “Allah is great”.
Later that same month, an asylum seeker shout out loud “Allahu Akbar” before he shot a police officer and a 15-year-old Turkish boy dead in front of the police station.
Two months later the attack on Brussels Airport and Maelbeek Metro station where 32 people were killed.
In July, a terrorist drove a 20-ton truck into the crowd, 86 people dead and 434 injured. This happened during the Bastille Day in Nice, France.
On July an 18-year-old man opened fire outside a shopping center in Munich, Germany. 10 people were killed and 36 wounded.
And in the same month two men held people hostage in a catholic church and slain an 85-year-old priest by cutting open his neck.
There were more similar accidents with bombs, shootings, stabbing and hostage in Essen, Wurzburg, Reutlingen, Ansbach, Hamburg and Mulheim in Germany. Magna Ville and Strasbourg in France’s and Charleroi and Schaerbeek in Brussels, Belgium.
On December 19, 2016, twelve people were slain and 48 wounded at a Christmas market in Berlin when someone drove a truck into the people.
The German flag flying half-mast at Europol's HQ for the victims, families and friends of those affected by the tragic events in Berlin. pic.twitter.com/BoPFBcshVc
— Europol (@Europol) December 20, 2016
A warning issued in November 2015 by the European Counter-Terrorism Centre stating: “Given this fact and a general assumption that [Daesh/ISIL] retains both the will and the capability to strike again, further attacks in the EU, both by lone actors and groups, are likely to take place in the near future”
Remarkably, countries that are part of the US-led coalition against Daesh are targets of terrorists of -and inspired by Daesh. Attacks can be carried out possibly by terrorists who perpetuate as Syrian refugees.