Europol updates assessment of the terrorism threat to EU states from Islamic State

Published: Wednesday, 07 December 2016 09:45

As Islamic State (IS) loses ground in the Middle East, the pattern of its recent terrorist attacks in Europe suggests that it has already adopted new tactics to attack the West. These developments are highlighted in the report ‘Changes in Modus Operandi of IS revisited’ published by Europol’s European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC). 

The report provides an up-to date assessment of the threat that IS poses to the EU. Currently the EU is facing a range of terrorist threats and attacks: from networked groups to lone actors; attacks directed by IS and those inspired by IS; the use of explosives and automatic rifles as well as bladed weapons and vehicles; and carefully prepared attacks alongside those that seem to be carried out spontaneously. Islamic State has proven to be very effective in inspiring people to commit terrorist acts and in setting attacks in motion themselves.

Key points from Europol’s report include: