The EU has warned that Islamic terrorists and other terrorist umbrellas could launch a campaign of terror whilst the world fights the coronavirus pandemic.
Counter-terrorism co-ordinator Gilles de Kerchove believes Islamic militants and right-wing extremists “could view attacks on medical personnel and facilities as highly effective, because they would generate a massive shock in society”.
In a confidential briefing to EU member states obtained by the AP news agency, he said past experience shows “terrorists and violent extremists, aiming to change societies and governmental systems through violence, seek to exploit major crises to achieve their objectives”.
De Kerchove warned ISIS has “incited its supporters in the West to take advantage of the current crisis to stage attacks”.
With people across the world locked up at home and using computers, terrorist groups are going to online sources to teach their propaganda and to recruit new people.
The FBI shot and killed a white supremacist while trying to arrest him for plotting to blow up a hospital treating COVID-19 patients in Belton, Missouri.