A year of devastation and terror By: Hristiyana Hristova


The act of war in Paris during 2015 was just the beginning of something big for which we did not have any clues and suspects.

Europe has been shaken with attacks during the whole 2016 and the beginning of 2017. People are scared and do not know if they can trust their government and military to save them. The range of the attacks is growing bigger and bigger.

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The Brussels bombings which took place on the 22 of March 2016 took the lives of 35 people, including the three suicide bombers.

During the morning rush hour, Brussels was hit with three explosions. Two of them were in the departure hall of Brussels’ Zaventem Airport while another bomb exploded at the Maalbeek Metro station. Over 300 were the injured.

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There have been at least ten recorded stabbing attacks across Europe last year, all of which have allegedly been motivated and connected to Islamist extremism. In January, a man wearing fake explosives attacked officers with a meat cleaver in a Paris police station while shouting "Allahu Akbar! A police couple were killed in the French town of Magnanville in Jun. The killer was 25-year-old mad who had sworn allegiance to the ISIS.

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On France's national day- Bastille Day, a large truck deliberately plowed into a large celebration in the southern coastal city of Nice. Hundreds of people were injuder and at least 84 people died that night. The attacker, 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, was shot by police on the scene. Later on was claimed that he had been "radicalized" by ISIS.

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Anis Amri is a Tunisian failed asylum seeker who killed 12 people and injured 56 more. The attack took place in the Berlin's Christmas market on the 19 of December. Amri tried to run away in Milan but was caught for days later and was killed by a police officer in a shootout.

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An explosion in St Petersburg's metro killed 14 people and injured almost 50. The attacker Akbarzhon Jalilov planted two bomb but only one of them exploded. He was born and lived in Kyrgyz and later on was obtained with Russian citizenship. The metro is opened now but the city is under a deep shock of what happened on the 3 of April this year.

On Wednesday 22 of March at 14:40 GMT Khalid Masood identified by the police drove a rented car from a depot in Birmingham over the Westminster Bridge which is near to the Houses of Parliament. At least 50 people from 12 different countries were injured during the attack and 5 people were killed.

I went to Coventry City centre with a colleague from my course and asked people about the attack in London. Our questions were: "What do you think was the purpose of the attack?" and "Do you feel safe her in Coventry when you know that Birmingham was reportedly linked to the attack in Westminster on Wednesday?”.

We should not be afraid. There is nothing to be afraid of. We should combine and stand up. We should not let Europe fall apart. The attacks which happened for the pas two years are inhuman. Don't you think we have suffered enough? Too many people have died so far. A lot of families have been torn apart. Children were left without parents, lovers without their significant other. It is time to put an end to those attacks. We should not let any more people die.

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