Europol’s Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TESAT) 2010 shows that terrorist attack decrease in Europe

According to Europol’s 2010 EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report fewer than 300 acts of terrorism were registered in Europe last year and only one was an attack from an Islamist group, with most of them committed by separatist organisations in Spain and France. A total of 294 terrorist acts were reported in EU member states in 2009,representing a 33 percent drop compared to the previous year and half
the number of attacks registered in 2007, Europol said.

The statistics do not include the United Kingdom, however, because its record-keeping differs with that of the other member states. An additional 124 attacks carried out by the IRA were reported in Northern Ireland.

The agency also mentions the Nigerian bomber who boarded a US flight in Amsterdam and failed his explosive device on 25 December 2009.

“The attack on the US airliner showed how the EU can be used as a platform for launching attacks on the US, and demonstrated the ability of terrorist groups to employ explosives that are not detected by conventional scanning equipment,” the report notes.

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