Intelligence agencies fear IS militants may target Europeans on holiday this summer

Shifa Rahaman
April 20th, 2016

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Popular locations in Italy, Spain and France may be attacked

Metroxpress reports that some intelligence agencies fear IS militants will target tourists at popular European travel destinations in Spain, France and Italy this summer – all of which generally attract a large number of Danes.

The German newspaper Bild was the first to report that the authorities feared the possibility of attacks, such as the one on a beach in the Tunisian holiday destination of Sousse, occurring on European soil.

Posing as refugees
Bild reported that according to information from a ‘reliable source’ in Africa, the IS militants hope to employ the strategy of posing as refugees selling ice cream and t-shirts in a bid to get close to tourists.

The paper also reported there were plans to detonate suicide belts buried under sun loungers on popular beaches.

Recently, Spanish police arrested a IS sympathiser on the popular holiday island of Majorca who was suspected of planning attacks targeting western tourists on the island.


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