"A year of terror"BELGIUM, FRANCE, GERMANY, united kingdom and russia. WHO WILL BE NEXT?
2016 has expired in Europe with the migration crisis and terrorist attacks, with the bombers having their sights set on Brussels, Nice and Berlin. Recently, the continent was shocked by the attack on Westminster Bridge in the United Kingdom, and barely 12 days later St Petersburg metro bombing. Experts believe the increase is strongly linked to the European migrant crisis and say: “the Islamic threat is getting stronger and terrorists will come to Europe more often."
A period of increased Islamic terrorist activity has taken place in Europe since 2014 – the year terrorists appeared in Brussels for the first time.
On the 24th of May 2014 a man opened fire in the Jewish Museum in Brussels, leaving four people dead. May 30th then brought Mehdi Nemmouche – who in 2013 had fought for Islamist rebels in the Syrian Civil War – to the hands of justice, and was arrested at a bus station in Marseilles. He admitted to committing the shooting. This was the first incident of a European jihadist committing an act of terrorism after returning from Syria.
Out of the three attacks in Belgium, the biggest tragedy happened on the morning of Tuesday the 22nd of March 2016, when three coordinated nail bombings occurred: two at Brussels Airport in Zaventem, and one at Maalbeek metro station. In these attacks, 32 people and three suicide bombers were killed. 340 people were injured.
The last 18 months have seen France suffer three deadly attacks that left more than 231 dead and hundreds injured. Jihadist groups claimed responsibility.
Out of 17 attacks, one of the most horrific took place on the 14th of July 2016. That evening a 19 tonne cargo truck was deliberately driven into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, resulting in the deaths of 86 people and injuring 434. On July 16th, two agencies linked to ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) claimed the responsibility for the attack.
Germany appears to be the second of the most occupied by terrorism countries in Europe. Out of 9 attacks between 2015-2016, 15 people were killed and 82 were injured.
The biggest attack in Germany happened the 19th of December 2016, where 12 people died and 56 others were injured after a truck plowed into a Christmas market in Berlin. Days later, having fled to Italy, the attacker shot an Italian police officer doing a routine ID check, before being killed by police. The ISIL again claimed responsibility for the attack on Amaq.
2017 has forever been scarred in the minds of the citizens of the United Kingdom. On the 22nd of March 2017, attacker Khalid Masood drove his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and then stabbed a police officer outside of the Houses of Parliament. The attack happened exactly a year to the day when Brussels was hit by three suicide bombers. 4 people died and 50 others were injured.
Just 12 days after the Westminster attack an unidentified explosive device went off at 2:20pm on a St Petersburg metro. At least nine people have been killed and 20 more injured. Officials say they may have caught the organiser of the attacks on CCTV in the upcoming hours.
Russia, the second of the most powerful country in the word. The United Kingdom, third with the biggest defence budget. France, the place which used to be associated with peace and love. Now they are some of the riskiest places to go on holiday. Are terrorists trying to send the message that they are the most powerful of all? These attacks should be a wake-up call for governments and leaders to take care of the migration problem and safety even more.