A record number of terrorist attacks were planned, foiled or carried out in European Union countries this year including Nice attack in France, Brussels attack in Belgium, an explosion at an airport in Istanbul and several others.
After a deadly attack in Paris in November last year, once again France was struck by suspected Islamic terrorists in July this year. Time after time, France bears the brunt of terrorism with more people leaving to join the ISIS and other jihadi ranks in Iraq and Syria. According to data released by The International Centre of Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (based on data from second half of 2014) as published in the Wall Street Journal, nearly 1200 people had joined jihadist ranks from France alone in Iraq and Syria, followed by Germany and Britain. Sunday’s late night blast at a restaurant in Ansbach near the German city of Nuremberg is the latest in a string of attacks in Europe.
Meanwhile, a restaurant in Ansbach near German city of Nuremberg on Sunday night was attacked and Germany’s NTV television reported that officials suspected the explosion was caused by a gas leak. It said a nearby music festival had been canceled for the evening. According to the Nordbayern.de news website, the mayor of Ansbach told reporters that the explosion was caused by an explosive device.
Here are some of the deadliest attacks which were carried out in European countries this year:
July 25, 2016: One person was killed and 12 others were injured at a restaurant in Ansbach, near the German city of Nuremberg in an explosion that occured late on Sunday, a police spokesman said. The spokesman said he had no immediate information on the cause of the blast, which was first reported at 10.12 pm. CET (2012 GMT).
July 24, 2016: A 21-year-old Syrian refugee killed a woman with a machete and injured two other people before being arrested in the southern German city of Reutlingen, a police spokesman said.
July 22, 2016: An 18-year-old German-Iranian gunman who apparently acted alone opened fire in a busy shopping mall in Munich on Friday evening, killing at least nine people in the third attack against civilians in Western Europe in eight days. The pistol-wielding attacker, identified by Munich Police Chief Hubertus Andrae as a dual national, was later found dead of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.
July 19, 2016: A 17-year-old Afghan refugee injured at least 20 train passengers with an axe and a knife in Germany’s Würzburg. The man was shot dead by German police later.
June 26, 2016: Three suspected Islamic State group suicide bombers targeted the international terminal of Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, killing at least 36 people and wounding many others, Turkish officials said.
July 14, 2016: A man driving a truck, reportedly a French citizen of Tunisian origin, ploughed into a crowd that was celebrating Bastille Day in Nice along the picturesque French Riviera, killing at least 84 and injuring hundred others. IS claimed the attack.
June 13, 2016: Larossi Abballa stabbed a 42-year-old police commander to death at around 8.30 pm in France. Larossi then held the commander’s wife and the couple’s three-year-old son hostage and killed the wife later. Police stormed into the house and killed Larossi.
April 16, 2016: Two teenage Islamic extremists threw a bomb at a Sikh temple during a wedding in the Essen city of Germany. Three members of the Sikh community were injured.
March 22, 2016: Suicide attacks on the Brussels airport and subway killed 32 people and injured hundreds. The perpetrators have been closely linked to the group that carried out attacks in Paris some four months earlier. The Islamic State group took the credit for the Brussels attacks and threatened other countries taking part in the anti-IS coalition.
February 26, 2016: A 15-year-old girl stabbed and severely injured a policemen in Hanover in Germany after she was stopped for a search. She had earlier tried to join the Islamic State but was stopped by her mother.
January 7, 2016: A jihadist wearing a fake explosive belt attacked police officers in the Goutte d’Or district in Paris with a meat cleaver, while shouting “Allahu Akbar”. He was shot dead and one policeman was injured. The ISIS flag and a clearly written claim in Arabic, were found.
January 1, 2016: A man rammed his car twice into 4 soldiers protecting a mosque in France’s Valence. He said he wanted to kill troops and jihadi propaganda images were found on his computer.