THE ISLAMIC STATE group is likely to carry out new attacks in the European Union in the near future, according to a new report from EU police agency Europol.
The report states that IS will likely target countries that are members of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the extremist organisation in Syria and Iraq.
“Estimates from some intelligence services indicate several dozen people directed by IS may be currently present in Europe with a capability to commit terrorist attacks,” according to the report.
The analysis draws on counterterrorism intelligence from around Europe and also cites media reports and previously publicised calls by IS leaders for attacks.
But IS also is adept at inspiring marginalised youths, some of whom may have mental health problems, and inciting them to carry out attacks.
The report also warns that tactics the group uses in Iraq and Syria – such as the use of car bombs – could also be deployed in Europe.
Europol also notes a shift in attacks from symbolic targets like police officers and military personnel to indiscriminate attacks on soft targets, such as the Paris attacks in 2015.