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Europe terror threat is `real`: EU counter-terrorism chief

The terror alert issued this week for European cities is real as al Qaeda is still plotting a major attack against the West.



Brussels: The terror alert issued this
week for European cities is real as al Qaeda is still plotting
a major attack against the West, the European Union`s
counter-terrorism coordinator said on Wednesday.

"It is real. I think that public officials would not
terrify the population without anything to back it up," said
EU counter-terrorism coordinator Gilles de Kerchove.

"It is in the context of a general threat that has not
diminished in recent times," de Kerchove told the official EU
television channel.

This week the United States, Britain, Japan and Sweden
issued alert warnings of a "possible terrorist attack" by
al Qaeda and affiliated groups against their citizens
travelling in Europe.

"It is the confirmation of what I have been saying for
some time, which is that you cannot conclude from the absence
of attacks that there is no threat.

"We know that there is still the intention, notably
from al Qaeda, to commit wide-scale attacks," de Kerchove
said.

PTI

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