Europe terror threat is `real`: EU counter-terrorism chief
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 00:18
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.


First Published: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 00:18

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