At least 10 jihadist attacks prevented in Europe in 2023

2024-04-23 18:08:00, Kosova & Bota CNA

At least 10 jihadist attacks prevented in Europe in 2023

Western intelligence has prevented at least 10 jihadist attacks across Europe in 2023, the Dutch intelligence agency AIVD said on Tuesday.

According to her, the war started between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian group declared a terrorist by the United States and the European Union, has increased the threat of other attacks.

As part of the attacks, random slaughter of people, attacks on buildings and specific events is foreseen, the AIVD said in its annual report, without giving more details.

"There were two mobilizing issues: the destruction of the Koran in the Netherlands and other European countries, as well as the conflict between Israel and Hamas," said the Dutch agency.

Sweden has raised its terror alert to the country's second-highest after burnings of the Koran - the Muslim holy book - and other acts of desecration have angered Muslims and prompted threats from jihadists.

In October, two Swedish soccer fans were shot dead in Brussels, allegedly by a man who identified himself as a member of the extremist Islamic State group.

Also, in October of last year, a 20-year-old stabbed to death a teacher and seriously injured two people in a school in the north of France.

French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the attack as "Islamic terrorism".

Israel and Hamas have been fighting in Gaza since October last year.

The war was sparked by attacks by Hamas militants on Israeli soil on October 7, killing 1,200 people and taking 250 hostages.

Israel has responded with a military campaign, leaving more than 34,000 Palestinians dead, according to Palestinian health authorities.

The Dutch intelligence agency has not commented on the exact number of attacks it has prevented since October 7.

In December of last year, the Dutch counter-terrorism agency raised the level of the threat to terrorism, for the first time since 2019, citing the impact of the war in Gaza./ REL

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