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EU Official Warns of Security Risks In Europe During Holidays

A “huge risk of terrorist attacks” during the Christmas holiday period has been mentioned by a senior EU official. The increased risk is due to the war between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas, the European Union’s home affairs commissioner, Ylva Johansson warned in early December.

The warning came after a fatal weekend attack near the Eiffel Tower in Paris. In spite of questions about the mental health of the suspect, it was stated that the perpetrator swore allegiance to the extremist Islamic State group before stabbing a tourist to death. Two others were injured with a hammer with a hammer.

“With the war between Israel and Hamas, and the polarization it causes in our society, with the upcoming holiday season, there is a huge risk of terrorist attacks in the European Union,” EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson told reporters.

“We saw (it happening) recently in Paris, unfortunately we have seen it earlier as well,” she said, at a gathering of EU interior ministers in Brussels. She provided no details about any police or security information that might have led to that warning.