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Threat of Islamic terrorism persists as Muslims trained to fight in Syria are returning to Europe

The coronavirus crisis in previous months overshadowed the issue of terrorism and Islamic radicalism but as official reports from Germany and France show, the danger of terrorism has not disappeared, but is actually growing, writes Lukáš Lho?an in his commentary for Reflex.cz.

"The threat of terrorism is unusually high," French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin admitted a few days ago in connection with the trial of people accused of supporting Islamic terrorists who attacked Charlie Hebdo magazine.

According to Darmanin, Islamic terrorism remains the main violent threat. The minister added that the French authorities currently have 8,132 people on a special list of potential terrorists, the vast majority of whom are Muslims. This is a huge number, given the fact that there are "only" 700 people on a similar list in Germany.

Hundreds of people have died in France in the past as a result of terrorist attacks by Islamic fanatics, but since 2017 there has been no major terrorist attack, thanks to the streamlining of the French secret services as they detected many planned attacks and neutralized potential terrorists. According to Darmanin, 32 planned terrorist attacks have been thwarted by police since 2017.

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