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The new face of terrorism hitting European countries

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'Attacks no longer having a clear purpose'

Times of Malta

by Sarah Carabott

Despite terrorism having been around for centuries, terrorism trends in Europe have changed completely over the past two decades, with attacks no longer having a clear purpose, according to crime historian Eddie Attard.

“Internal terrorism seems to have stopped, with most of the recent attacks being triggered from outside of Europe, allegedly caused by religious differences.

“Interestingly, France and the UK seem to be of particular interest to these terrorists. Why have Italy and Eastern European countries not been targeted? Is it an issue of security or are the latter not considered a threat?” the former police officer asked.

Speaking to the Times of Malta following research ahead of the publication of his new book, It-Terroriżmu fl-Ewropa (Terrorism in Europe), Mr Attard noted that in the past, whether triggered by religious groups or related to territory or power, there was always an understood aim of terrorism.

There no longer seems to be clear scope for such attacks.

Read more: https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20180508/local/the-new-face-of-terrorism-hitting-european-countries.678530