The numbers arrested in Europe on suspicion of jihadist activities nearly doubled over the last two years, Europe’s policing agency said Thursday, with an alarming rise among women and young adults.
Some 718 suspects were arrested on offenses relating to jihadist terror last year as opposed to 395 in 2014, Europol said in its annual EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report.
But actual attacks dropped from 17 in 2014 to 13 last year — of which six were linked to the Islamic State group. The 62-page report also pointed out that women and children, as well as young adults played an increasingly important operational role.
Overall there were 142 “failed, foiled or completed terrorist attacks” including those by jihadists — with more than half in Britain.
In total 1,002 arrests overall were made in 2016 relating to terror activities. Read more at i24NEWS.