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Belgium: Europol chief warns of further terror attacks

Belgium, Brussels
November 19, 2015 at 01:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

The head of the European Union law enforcement agency Rob Wainwright warned in Brussels, Thursday, that it is "reasonable to assume..without any recourse to exaggeration, that further attacks are likely," during a European Parliament debate on the aftermath of the Paris attacks last Friday. "This represents the most serious terrorist threat faced by Europe in over ten years," he said.

Europol chief explained his warning saying, that it is not only the group's "serious capability in terms of their resources of manpower and the level of sophisticated capability that they demonstrate. Also for example in propagating its level of terrorism across the internet and the innovative way in which it abuses the social media platforms. So we are dealing with a very serious, well resourced, determined, international terrorist organisation that is now active on the streets of Europe."

During the meeting, Wainwright told the European Parliament civil rights committee that attacks were "carried out by an international network of perpetrators spanning multiple countries and this is clearly, therefore, a more sophisticated and threatening form of terrorism than the phenomena of the 'lone actor', which had hitherto defined the nature of the terrorist threat in recent years." He added, "is also a clear statement of intent by ISIS to export its brutal brand of terrorism into Europe, if you take into account the downing of the Russian airliner in Egypt and a number of other incidents in the region outside Syria."

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The head of the European Union law enforcement agency Rob Wainwright warned in Brussels, Thursday, that it is "reasonable to assume..without any recourse to exaggeration, that further attacks are likely," during a European Parliament debate on the aftermath of the Paris attacks last Friday. "This represents the most serious terrorist threat faced by Europe in over ten years," he said.

Europol chief explained his warning saying, that it is not only the group's "serious capability in terms of their resources of manpower and the level of sophisticated capability that they demonstrate. Also for example in propagating its level of terrorism across the internet and the innovative way in which it abuses the social media platforms. So we are dealing with a very serious, well resourced, determined, international terrorist organisation that is now active on the streets of Europe."

During the meeting, Wainwright told the European Parliament civil rights committee that attacks were "carried out by an international network of perpetrators spanning multiple countries and this is clearly, therefore, a more sophisticated and threatening form of terrorism than the phenomena of the 'lone actor', which had hitherto defined the nature of the terrorist threat in recent years." He added, "is also a clear statement of intent by ISIS to export its brutal brand of terrorism into Europe, if you take into account the downing of the Russian airliner in Egypt and a number of other incidents in the region outside Syria."

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