Europol: terrorism threat remains high in Europe

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The threat of terrorism in Europe remains high, especially from Jihadists, announced European police agency Europol on Thursday, 27 June.

Although in 2018 there were fewer attacks than in the previous year, more attacks of Jihadists were successfully thwarted last year, as stated in Europol’s report.

13 people were killed in terrorist attacks in Europe in 2018. All of those attacks were performed by Jihadists, Europol reported. The number of detained extremists went up from 20 in 2017 to 44 in 2018. This means extremists consider violence as a justifiable means of confrontation.

In 2018, EU member states reported 129 terrorist attacks, of which 24 failed or were thwarted (205 took place in in 2017). Last year, separatists or ethnic nationalists alone organized 83 attacks, which makes them the biggest group of potential attackers, the report mentions.

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