Europol: Islamist terrorism has sharply declined
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Terrorist attacks in the European Union fell by a third between 2008 and 2009 the bloc's intelligence coordination agency, Europol, said Wednesday.
The total number of foiled, failed or successful attacks decreased from 441 to 294, with most of them being carried out by Basque separatists in France and Spain and Corsican separatists in France.
The number of people arrested in connection with Islamist terrorism declined sharply, falling to 110 compared to 187 in 2008 and 201 in 2007. Most took place in Spain (40) and France (37). Only one Islamist terrorist attack, in Italy, was successful in 2009.
But despite the encouraging figures, which do not include Britain, Europol said EU member states "should not drop [their] guard."
"Terrorism remains a significant security threat to our s
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