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  • Updated: October 19, 2023

Islamist Terrorism Remains Biggest Terror Threat To Europe — Europol

Islamist Terrorism Remains Biggest Terror Threat To Europe �

In the midst of two recent acts of terrorism in Western Europe, European Union's leading law enforcement official, Catherine De Bolle, expressed her apprehension about the potential consequences of the recent Hamas attack on Israel and Israel's military response.

Catherine De Bolle, the executive director of Europol told ABC News about the increasing influence of the internet in radicalizing and recruiting individuals, especially young people.

She stated, "With our latest report on terrorism and the status in the European Union, we see that a lot of youngsters, in fact, are influenced and recruited through the internet.

“We see a lot of lone actors that believe that they have to go and commit a terrorist attack because they want to belong to a bigger family."

She added; “When we look at the figures from 2022, the arrests related to terrorism: 266 were Jihadi terrorists, and overall, the arrests were about 330, 340. So, the majority was really related to Jihadi terrorism."

Europol, headquartered in The Hague, is the law enforcement agency that supports 27 European Union member states in the fight against international and organized crime and terrorism.

Catherine De Bolle's team is now prioritizing efforts to monitor online content associated with the terrorist group Hamas. Their specialized internet referral unit is responsible for assessing and categorizing messages and videos that may pose a threat or involve illegal activities within the EU.

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