More Euro­pean at­tacks likely, po­lice warn

New video shows Paris at­tack­ers’ grisly train­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA / WORLD - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Europe’s top po­lice agency is­sued a stark warn­ing Mon­day: Is­lamic State ex­trem­ists will keep at­tempt­ing lethal at­tacks on soft tar­gets in Europe as the mil­i­tant group in­creas­ingly goes global.

Some 2 1/2 months af­ter sui­cide bombers and gun­men killed 130 peo­ple in Paris, the Europol agency said, “there is ev­ery rea­son to ex­pect that IS, IS-in­spired ter­ror­ists or an­other re­li­giously in­spired ter­ror­ist group will un­der­take a ter­ror­ist at­tack some­where in Europe again, but par­tic­u­larly in France, in­tended to cause mass ca­su­al­ties among the civil­ian pop­u­la­tion.”

The sober­ing con­clu­sions reached by ex­perts from the Euro­pean Union’s chief agency for law en­force­ment co-op­er­a­tion and EU mem­ber states make clear that many, per­haps vir­tu­ally all in Europe, may be at risk.

“With­out re­li­able in­tel­li­gence on the in­ten­tions, ac­tiv­i­ties and con­tacts and trav­els of known ter­ror­ists it is nearly im­pos­si­ble to ex­actly pre­dict when and where the next ter­ror­ist at­tack will take place, and what form it will take,” the Europol re­port said.

Hours be­fore the re­port was is­sued, a new video was re­leased by the Is­lamic State group cel­e­brat­ing the killers who car­ried out the Nov. 13 at­tacks in the French cap­i­tal — while also threat­en­ing fresh blood­shed.

The grisly record­ing ends with one mil­i­tant hold­ing a sev­ered head, footage of Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron giv­ing a speech, and an IS warn­ing that who­ever stands with the un­be­liev­ers “will be a tar­get for our swords.”

The 17-minute video, re­leased Sun­day, shows the ex­tent of the plan­ning that went into the mul­ti­ple at­tacks in Paris, which French au­thor­i­ties have said from the be­gin­ning were planned in Syria.

All nine men seen in the video died in the Paris at­tacks or their af­ter­math.

All but two of the at­tack­ers were from Bel­gium and France and spoke flu­ent French. The two oth­ers — iden­ti­fied by their noms de guerre as Iraqis — spoke in Ara­bic.

Seven of the mil­i­tants, in­clud­ing a 20-year-old who was the youngest of the group, were shown stand­ing be­hind bound cap­tives, de­scribed as “apos­tates,” who were ei­ther be­headed or shot.

AP PHOTO

In this Nov. 13, 2015, file photo, a woman is evac­u­ated from the Bat­a­clan con­cert hall af­ter gun­men at­tacked the venue in Paris.

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