Europol, the European Union’s police agency, has stated that ISIS terrorists are planning further attacks on the continent.
Rob Wainwright, the organization’s head, issued the warning at a press conference Jan. 25, reports AFP.
The attacks on a Russian passenger plane in October 2015 and the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris showed that ISIS was looking to act increasingly globally, a report from Europol noted.
“So-called Islamic State has a willingness and a capability to carry out further attacks in Europe, and of course all national authorities are working to prevent that from happening,” Wainwright said.
The report pointed out that the terrorist group would aim at soft targets, referring to buildings and people which are not protected.
“[ISIS] is preparing more terrorist attacks, including more 'Mumbai-style' attacks, to be executed in member states of the EU, and in France in particular,” Europol said in its report.
The report also dismissed speculation that terrorists were entering Europe as part of the influx of refugees from the Middle East.
“There is no concrete evidence that terrorist travelers systematically use the flow of refugees to enter Europe unnoticed,” it added.
Wainwright explained that the newly established Europol counterterrorism center would attempt to document the approximately 5,000 people from Europe who have gone to Syria to fight for ISIS.
Europol’s warning came a day after ISIS militants, including some alleged participants in the Paris attacks, appeared in a video to warn of potential attacks on Britain and other countries.
ISIS also has supporters in other parts of the world. In a separate video, the group Katibah Musantara, an ISIS affiliate, threatened similar attacks in Malaysia.
“This threat is very real and my government takes it very seriously,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said during a conference on extremism, according to Reuters. “This is a challenge that faces us all around the world. We are far from immune to this danger in Malaysia.”
Malaysian police detained seven men Jan. 24, claiming they belong to ISIS and were plotting an attack. The men allegedly carried weapons, books on jihad, ISIS flags and propaganda videos.
On Jan. 15, another suspected ISIS militant was arrested for allegedly planning an attack in the capital, Kuala Lumpur.