Islamic State tactics evolving, may include car bombs- Europol

December 2, 2016 | By | Reply More

Terror networks such as the Islamic State group are evolving their tactics to attack soft targets in Europe, which could see the use of deadly car bombs, Europol warned on Friday.

islamic stateJihadist attacks on EU member states have not yet involved “the use of home-made, commercial or military explosives in vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices” as in Syria or Iraq, Europe’s police agency said in a report issued in The Hague.

But “given the fact that the (techniques) used in Middle Eastern countries tend to be copied by terrorists operating in Europe.. it is conceivable that jihadist groups will use this means at some stage,” it said.

The group responsible for attacks in Paris a year ago and in Brussels in March wanted to deploy such devices until police actions forced them to change their plans, the report said.

Jihadists massacred 130 people in November 2015 in attacks on the Bataclan concert hall, a handful of bars and restaurants in eastern Paris, and France’s national stadium.

In Belgium, suicide bombers struck Brussels airport and a metro station near the European Union headquarters on March 22, killing 32 people.

Europe’s security services arrested 667 suspects for suspecteda Islamic State jihadist activities in 2015, the report added.

“It’s new for Belgium, it’s new for Europe… that there is a call from the highest level of Islamic State on using car bombs in Europe,” Vilvoorde Mayor Hans Bonte, who has contacts with Belgian intelligence and police, told.

A Belgian official told on condition of anonymity that it is likely that the Belgian government will issue new detailed instructions over the next few days to police agencies about how to deal with the risk of car bombs.

The official also said the alert level will stay at three, the second-highest level in Belgium, not because of the new car bomb threat but because there are several large upcoming public gatherings for Christmas and other seasonal events.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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