The European Union Terrorism Situation and Trend Report published on thursday in Valletta disclosed that 142 people were killed and 379 injured from what it called jihadist terrorism attacks reported by eight European Union (EU) countries. The report said that explosives were used in 40 percent of the attacks.
The EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report also noted that 142 failed, foiled and completed jihadist terrorist attacks occurred in eight member states, with more than half reported by Britain. France reported a total of 23 attacks, Italy 17, Spain ten, Greece six, Germany five, Belgium four and the Netherlands one attack.
A total of 1,002 individuals were arrested for terrorist offences in 2016 and most arrests were related to “jihadist terrorism,” the report said. The data indicated that 291 out of 1002 arrested were aged 25 or younger.
The report warned that women and young adults, and even children, are playing ever increasing operational roles in committing terrorist activities independently in the EU.
According to Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship:
“Jihadist attacks accounted for nearly all the reported fatalities and a majority of causalities. Explosives were used in 40 percent of the attacks.Fighting terrorism will remain at the top of our common political priorities for the time to come, not just in Europe but globally. For the safety of our citizens, and for the cohesion of our societies, we need to step up our information exchange and our cross-border cooperation at all levels.”
In 2016, 17 EU Member States reported to have concluded a total of 275 court proceedings in relation to terrorism, which concerned 580 individuals, 53 of whom were female.