- France, Belgium Warned of Daesh Attacks Following Orlando Massacre
Intelligence services, anti-terrorism forces and police in France and Belgium received information that a small group of Daesh fighters left Syria some ten days ago to stage attacks in Europe. The unverified warning comes following a massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida and a deadly stabbing in Paris.
The armed militants, who have no passports on them, plan to “reach Europe by boat via Turkey and Greece,” Belgium’s Derniere Heure daily newspaper reported, citing a message that local anti-terrorism authorities distributed earlier this week. “They will split into two groups, with one targeting Belgium and the other one heading to France.”
The newspaper described the attack as “imminent.”
Daesh may be losing on the ground in Iraq and Syria, but the group is still capable of wreaking havoc across the globe.
“Anyone who has opened a newspaper over the last 18 months will know that Islamist terrorist atrocities in France are now disturbingly common. The massacre in Paris last November, carried out by [Daesh], was the most gruesome proof of this,” counterterrorism and national security analyst Robin Simcox asserted.
The November night of terror in France is not an isolated incident. Two days ago, on June 14, Larossi Abballa, a 25-year-old who pledged allegiance to Daesh, stabbed Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, a 42-year-old French police officer, and his companion Jessica Schneider, a 36-year-old police administrator, in the Paris suburb of Magnanville.