By Arthur Lyons for Voice of Europe
The recently released Black and White Book of Terrorism in Europe has brought to light that radical Islamic terrorists have accounted for 91 percent of all of the victims of terror attacks since 2000.
The book is the project of Spanish MEP and president of the Foundation for Victims of Terrorism, Maité Pagazaurtundua, and cites that 753 people have been killed in terror attacks across the European Union during the time span between 2000 and 2019, the French daily newspaper, Le Figaro, reports.
Additionally, the report looks at European victims of terror that has been committed abroad and reveals that an additional 1,115 people including tourists and military personnel were also victims of radical jihadists during the same period of time.
Of the total number of victims, 91 percent of them were killed as a direct result of actions taken by radical Islamic extremists. 20 percent of those murdered were done so by suicide bombers.
Conversely, casualties which resulted from political terrorism were considerably lower with far-right extremists and far-left extremists each accounting for the murder of 13 people.
In recent years, the European continent has seen a significant uptick in far-left extremism and associated violence, with the German domestic intelligence agency, the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV), revealing that numbers of violent far-left extremists had risen from 7,1000 to 9,000 between the years 2012 and 2017.
During the same time period, the number of far-left extremist crimes also increased, by an astounding 88 percent.
As far as European Union countries go, Spain has suffered the most terror-related deaths, with 268 victims. France followed closely with 263 terror-related casualties.
French interministerial delegate for terror victim support, Elisabeth Pelsez, expressed that the book wasn’t only just one that revealed important statistics, but also looked to remember the victims of the attacks.
She added, “Forgetfulness is the worst thing… let’s not forget the physically or psychically injured, about 10 to 20 people for one death.”
Since the height of the migrant crisis in 2015, the number of terror threats in Europe has remained high and hasn’t shown any signs of letting up, with French authorities stating last summer that they had thwarted a minimum of five terror attacks in that year alone.
According to Europol, in 2017, Europeans faced approximately 205 separate terror plots. Of that number 107 of them were reported by the United Kingdom.
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