This is the time of year when Americans begin planning their summer vacations. Unfortunately this year it also coincides with a time that Islamic jihadists are planning their attacks… particularly in Europe.Here’s the most recent list, courtesy of The Express:
Paris shooting: April 20
A policeman was killed in Paris on the Champs Elysees. ISIS have claimed responsibility for the killing, which comes just days before the French presidential election.
Stockholm attack: April 7
Four people were killed and at least fifteen were injured when a failed asylum seeker from Uzbekistan drove a truck down a busy shopping street.
London attacker Khalid Masood mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing two men and two women and injuring many others. He then jumped out of the car and stabbed a police officer to death.
Louvre knife attack: February 3 2017
A knifeman was shot while trying to attack a group of soldiers guarding the Louvre in Paris on February 3. The attacker reportedly cried ‘Allahu Akbar’ and drew a machete on the soldiers after being told he could not enter the Louvre Carrousel shopping centre with two backpacks.
Normandy church attack: Tuesday July 26 2016
Armed men slit the throat of a priest and took several others hostage after storming a church during mass in Normandy on Tuesday July 26.
Attacks in Germany: July 2016
A doctor died after being shot in a Berlin hospital on Tuesday July 26 during the fifth horror attack in Germany in just over a week. The string of violent attacks started when an axeman hacked passengers on a train in Wurzburg on Monday July 18. A young Iranian-German guman went on a deadly rampage in Munich on Friday July 22 after being inspired by far-right killer Anders Breivik. In two separate attacks on Sunday July 24, a man blew himself up in Ansbach and a man killed a pregnant woman duirng a machete attack in Reutlingen.
Nice terror attack: July 14 2016
A terrorist in a truck mowed down revellers who had just finished watching a firework display to mark Bastille Day in France, killing 84 and injuring hundreds of others.
The State Department cited terror attacks in Britain, France, and Sweden as evidence of Islamic State’s ability “to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe.”
Stating the threat will heighten during the summer travel season, the U.S. warned “tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities” are particular targets for jihadis wanting to carry out attacks.“In addition, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, airports, and other soft targets remain priority locations for possible attacks,” the State Department noted, warning: “U.S. citizens should exercise additional vigilance in these and similar locations.”
According to the alert, “terrorist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists” could carry out attacks at any time, with no warning.
It said: “Terrorists persist in employing a variety of tactics, including firearms, explosives, using vehicles as ramming devices, and sharp-edged weapons that are difficult to detect prior to an attack.”
Of course, just staying home doesn’t necessarily protect you, as travelers sadly learned at Ft Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport just a few weeks ago.We live in unsettling times. And oh…for some good news. The GOP Congress’s new spending bill contains funding for 2,500 more visas for Afghans. Great.
[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of Do I Need To Slap You?]