BREAKING: Possible Terror Attack Targets Police Near Barcelona (UPDATED - Police Say May Not Be Terror Related)
Early reports are coming from Gava, just south of Barcelona, Spain, of an attack on two municipal police officers with an AK-47. At this point the motive of the attacker is unknown. Could be crime-related, could be terrorism:
Several local media reports that the suspect is of "North African appearance":
UPDATE: Suspect is under arrest. Police are saying it may not be terror related:
This comes as a Belgian federal prosecutor said today that he fears an imminent attack after police raids failed to capture suspects who may now feel cornered:
Several suspects are still wanted within the framework of a terrorism case that led on Wednesday to a series of searches in Anderlecht, a neighbourhood of Brussels.
“We can’t exclude a similar scenario as the one of March 22, 2016 Brussels attacks, but for the moment we have no element that goes into that sense of this hypothesis,” said the Prosecutor to Belga, the Belgian press agency.
One day after the searches that led to the arrest of the brothers Saouti, Akim and Khalid, Eric Van der Sijpt the spokesman of the Federal Prosecutor said this morning “We are still looking for several suspects after the raids of last night. We fear that (the suspects) feel cornered after the searches. We fear that they have the same reaction as the March 22, 2016 (Date of the Brussels attacks)”.
Austrian authorities are also investigating a possible double homicide of an elderly couple by a Tunisian man inspired by ISIS:
The Express Tribune reports:
A Tunisian man suspected of brutally murdering an elderly couple in their Austrian home is believed to have acted with a militant motive, Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said Wednesday.
If confirmed, Friday’s killings in the northern city of Linz – in which an 85-year-old woman’s throat was slit and her 87-year-old husband was stabbed and beaten to death – would be the first militant attack in Austria, which had so far avoided the militant assaults seen elsewhere in Europe. The killings “clearly had an militant background”, Sobotka told a press conference in Vienna, adding that the 54-year-old suspect, who handed himself in to police, “is clearly a radicalised Muslim”.
French security services said they have stopped seven terror attacks already this year:
I reported here at PJ Media earlier this week that the Swedish spy chief said publicly that the number of ISIS sympathizers there has jumped tenfold in recent years:
The UK also has its jihadist problems:
But even those MI5 figures may be considerably understated:
Back in April, I warned that we may be headed for another "Summer of Terror" in Western states:
Terror attacks in OECD countries have increased a whopping 900 percent since 2007:
Europe clearly has serious issues:
Just a week before the one-year anniversary of the terror attack in Nice, France, that killed 86 and wounded 434 others, the "Summer of Terror" may be gearing up.