New security fears in Europe

(VOVworld)- Europe is facing security threats made by IS in a new video clip warning of attacking London, Berlin, and Rome.
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On April 5, IS posted a video warning of attacks on  several European capital cities including London, Berlin, and Rome. In the video clip, the narrator warns: " It was Paris yesterday... tomorrow it will be London, or Berlin, or Rome”.  The clip showed the aftermaths of previous attacks and then showed images of London’s House of Common and Rome's Coliseum. IS has claimed responsibility for the bomb attacks in Brussels in March that killed 32 people and the series of bomb attacks in Paris in November, 2015, that left 130 people dead.

This is not the first time that IS has issued such a warning. The group previously threatened to attack leaders of all EU countries involved in the Middle East. The UK is currently participating in an anti-IS coalition led by the US and airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. Italy and Germany have not participated in the air strikes but have provided soldiers and spy planes to assist anti-IS operations.

EU leaders have warned that the number of terrorists is likely higher than their estimates. According to analysts, extremists who were born and raised in Europe, moved to overseas, and were trained by IS to conduct suicide bombing in their homelands, are the most dangerous threats. At least one Paris attacker was a European citizen trained by IS in Syria. He planned the Paris attack from a hideout in Molenbeek. The British Intelligence Agency has identified 700 British citizens who have left their homes to join the ranks of extremists in Syria and Iraq. 320 have now returned to the UK and are on a watch list. The UK has one of the largest numbers of citizens who have joined IS. 

The arrest by Belgian police of 5 more suspects in the terror attacks in Paris and Brussels and Europe’s involvement in recent anti-IS air strikes in the Middle East have done little to reduce Europe’s insecurity. European security agencies are tracking terror suspects, but the job is getting harder as the number of suspects increases.