Isis is likely to carry out new terror attacks across Europe in the “near future” as jihadis consider car bombings, chemical weapons and other methods to maximize casualties, security services have warned.

The continental law enforcement agency said that car bombs, extortion, and kidnappings could be employed by networked groups of fighters or lone wolf attackers who have pledged allegiance to the group or have been inspired by it. However, attacks using guns, knives, and vehicles remain more likely given the easier access to such weaponry, according to Europol. Attacks on major infrastructure such as power stations and nuclear facilities also remain unlikely given ISIS’ preference for “soft targets,” it added.

“Estimates from some intelligence services indicate several dozen people directed by IS may be currently present in Europe with a capability to commit terrorist attacks,”

”France remains high in the target list for ISIS aggression in the EU, but so too do Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.”

-Europol warned.

“Modi operandi employed in Syria and Iraq, such as the use of car bombs, may emerge as a method of attack in the EU,”

-it said.

Intelligence suggests that ISIS has assembled teams in Syria which are sent to the EU tasked with carrying out attacks, the study said. Europol also raised the prospect of an increased rate of the return of foreign fighters if IS is defeated or severely weakened in Syria and Iraq. Increased military pressure on ISIS – including a major offensive in Mosul, Iraq – has sparked concern about potential displacement of militants.
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