45% increase in terror attacks across Europe

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Voice of  Europe, June 21, 2018:

Frightening figures were released on Wednesday by the EU police agency, Europol, as part of its terrorism report. The number of attacks in 2017 rose by a massive 45 percent compared to 2016 figures.

The number of terrorist attacks increased from 142 in 2016 to 205 in 2017. Last year 68 people were killed and 844 injured. In 2016, 142 people were killed, but fewer than half were injured, with 379 victims.

That there were only half as many deaths is down to the fact that attackers are ‘less organised’ than previously and also due to emergency services prompt intervention.

Of the 68 deaths in 2017, 62 were attributed to Islamists. By far the most attempted or actual attacks were again in the UK, followed by France.

The report was published Wednesday and presented in The Hague.

The data refers consistently to attacks that have been carried out, thwarted and failed, said the new Europol director, Catherine de Bolle and Manuel Navarrete, head of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC).