Monday, September 12, 2016
Europe Arising From Slumber?
Germany Warns of Threat from 520 "Potential Attackers"
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, in an interview with Bild newspaper, has warned that the country is home to at least 520 Islamic militants who could be capable of carrying out assaults on their own or as members of "hit teams."
He said another 360 "relevant" people were known to police because of their close proximity to the potential attackers.
"The terror threat now stems from foreign hit teams as well as fanatical lone wolves in Germany," de Maiziere said.
"The hit teams are secretly smuggled into Europe and prepare their actions without being noticed, as we saw with the attacks in Paris and Brussels."
France's Premier Warns of New Attacks, 15,000 People on Police Radar
Paris was put on high alert last week when French officials said they dismantled a "terrorist cell" that planned to attack a railway station under the direction of Islamic State.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said, "This week at least two attacks were foiled....There will be new attacks, there will be innocent victims...this is also my role to tell this truth to the French people."
Valls said there were 15,000 people on the radar of police and intelligent services who were in the process of being radicalized.
ISIS Plotting to Massacre Christians in Belgian Shopping Mall
- Julian Robinson
ISIS fanatics are hatching a plot to butcher Christians in a shopping center using chainsaws, according to the teenage son of a radical Imam in the eastern Belgian city of Verviers, who was arrested after a video emerged of him calling in Arabic for the murder of Christians.
In a police interview, he is said to have revealed that the terror group is recruiting extremists to carry out such a massacre. He said that jihadists who went to Syria were trying to convince those who stayed at home to perpetrate terror attacks.
Verviers has been described as one of the centers of Belgian radical Islam together with the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek.