Nine men charged with planning terrorist attack in the UK
Nine men were charged by the British authorities with planning a terrorist bombing, the latest in a spate of alleged European plots disrupted before they were carried out.
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The charges come two days after Dutch police arrested 12 men of Somali origin in Rotterdam on suspicion they were planning an imminent terror attack. No explosives have been found but the man are all still in police custody, according to CNN.Skip to next paragraph
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Some in the Netherlands fear the country has become a target for Islamic terrorism because of its former military role in Afghanistan the emergence of the anti-Muslim Freedom Party, according to Euronews.
Earlier this month a suicide bomber blew himself up in Sweden, a country also unaccustomed to being a terror target. Only the attacker – a British citizen – was killed.
The United States State Department issued a vague warning on attacks in Europe in early October. The British and Japanese governments warned their citizens on travel to France, and France warned its citizens on travel to the United Kingdom.
The German press reported that the main source of intelligence on possible terror plots in Europe was a German citizen of Afghan origin being held at Bagram Air Force base in Afghanistan, according to Newsweek.
In a recent study on homegrown terrorism in Europe, funded by the Danish government, author Tomas Precht found a spike in such cases since 2003.
In particular, it seems to be factors such as foreign policy, military intervention in Muslim countries, a single provocative event such as the Danish cartoon crisis, or the presence of a charismatic person, that leads an individual to chose violence. A personal crisis can also trigger this change. Outrage and revenge against the West appear to be strong motivators.
Precht recommended policies to better integrate Muslim communities in Europe and to combat Islamophobia.