'2017 is year of massacre' Europe open to ISIS Lone Wolf attacks in 12 months of terror


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TERROR: Europe is facing more deadly attacks across the continent next year

The entire continent will live under a threat of terrorism as more frequent and deadly attacks are expected.

It comes after just over a year of numerous blood-soaked incidents, beginning with the Paris atrocities in November 2015.

Seven militants went on a bombing and shooting rampage through the French capital, killing 130 in the worst modern-day terror attacks on European soil.

The Brussels bombings on March 22 followed.

Three separate explosions rocked the Belgian capital during the morning rush hour, killing 35 people and injuring hundreds more.

More attacks by Islamic fanatics followed at a rate of more than one a month, including the Nice lorry slaughter in July that left 87 dead and the recent Berlin Christmas market tragedy.

“These people are trained to use explosives and firearms and they have been indoctrinated by the jihadist ideology”

Gilles de Kerchove, EU’s Counter-terrorism Coordinator

ISIS immediately issued a chilling warning after the Berlin lorry attack – that 2017 would be the most deadly year ever for European citizens.

Militants belonging to the evil death cult used social media to say it is just the beginning.

Writing on an ISIS forum, one called for more attacks and promised: “Muslim countries will not be the only ones that are sad.”

And anther wrote a timeline of attacks and then made the threat that “2017 will be the year of the massacre”.

But most chillingly, their warnings are being echoed by the European Union’s anti-terror bosses.

In the wake of a report released this month by Europol – the law enforcement agency of the EU – a top official warned the looming threat of ISIS would persist.

Gilles de Kerchove, the EU’s Counter-terrorism Coordinator, said: “We have to be vigilant, since the threat posed by so-called Islamic State and returning foreign fighters is likely to persist in the coming years.

“These people are trained to use explosives and firearms and they have been indoctrinated by the jihadist ideology.”

The bombshell report laid bare the true scale of the threat facing Europe.

Discussing the spate of terror strikes, it warned that more attacks “both by lone actors and groups” are “likely to take place in the near future”.

It goes on: “The EU is currently witnessing an upward trend in the scale, frequency and impact of terrorist attacks in the jurisdiction of Member States.

“ISIS is actively propagating terrorist attacks on EU soil by any means available, increasingly inspiring radicalised individuals to act.

“New attacks by terrorist groups and lone actors are thus to be expected, most probably following patterns of earlier attacks.”

And it concludes that even if ISIS is wiped out in Iraq and Syria, Islamists will keep targeting people in Europe, adding that “even if they are defeated there, they will continue with their attempts to encourage and organise terrorist attacks in the EU”.

People in Europe need to be especially vigilant of “lone wolf” attacks, which ISIS has ordered all of its supporters to focus on.

The Europol report states that 2014 was a turning point for these kinds of attacks after the official spokesman for ISIS at the time, Abu Muhammed Al-Adnani, ordered that all “non-believers” are killed.

He said: “If you can kill a non-believing American or European – especially the spiteful and filthy French – or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other non-believer.

“Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw his down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him.”

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