Terrorist threats in Europe is at the highest level as hundreds of European ISIS fighters are expected to return to their home countries.The terrorist threats are believed to be the highest in the past 10 years.
“It’s certainly the highest terrorist threat we have faced for over 10 years and we need to up our game as a collective counter-terrorism community to make sure we can protect our citizens from this,” Wainwright said.
“It is likely that we will have another attack.” he added.
Europol head Rob Wainwright said that thousands of Europeans are now radicalised. They left to Syria to fight for ISIS and are now planning multiple attacks across the continent.
“At least 5,000 we think — that have been radicalised by ISIS [Daesh], very often online and have acquired conflict experience in Syria and Iraq. Many of them have since returned,” Wainwright said in a report by Sputnik News.
Wainwright said that he is also concerned about the threat of the ongoing migrant crisis. And since “radicalised Europeans” are returning, it could pose serious threats to the continent’s security.
Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said that ISIS is targeting north Europe to influence its supporters, who had military training in Syria.
On November 13, 2015, terrorist attacks in Paris frightened the whole of Europe. It claimed 130 lives and hundreds injured in the series of suicide bombings at different locations.
On EU membership referendum, Wainright said that Brexit would effect UK’s security capabilities. He said that around half of the cases handled by the European Union’s law enforcement agency had a “British” element.
“One can expect that the arrangements will be not as optimal (in the event of the UK leaving the EU) and, therefore, it will be difficult for the UK to replace what it currently relies on in the EU with arrangements that would be as effective and as cost efficient as well.” said Wainwright in a report by Daily Mail.
Recently, UK’s top anti-terror officer warned that ISIS is planning to carry out “massive attack” in Britain.