European Counterterrorism chief warns about seriousness of Islamist threat

The threat of an Islamist terror attack is still serious and should not be underestimated, the bloc’s anti-terrorism coordinator warned Thursday. “It would be a mistake to believe that the threat level has decreased significantly,”

Gilles de Kerchove told a public hearing of the Interior and Economic Committee of the EU parliament. Introducing his annual report, de Kerchove stressed that the global economic and financial crisis had exacerbated the threat.

And he pointed to this month’s general election in Germany as a potential risk.

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