Europe should brace itself for more small-scale attacks following the fatal blast in St. Petersburg’s Metro, the EU’s anti-terrorism chief told, adding that Europeans will have to live with this harsh reality “for quite some time.”
“The more the physical caliphate of Daesh will be destroyed, the more the organization would want to incite people to mount small-scale attacks,” EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove said.
According to Kerchove, Europeans should accept the possibility of these small-scale attacks as the virtual caliphate of Daesh is still “pretty active” due to internet propaganda.
“You would have these enchanted people who will be either directed or inspired by the organization to mount small-scale attacks.”
He added that these attacks may take place in Europe for “quite some time,” but they can’t be accepted “for a long period of time.”
“It requires population be resilient. We need to keep working in different directions – prevent the process of radicalization,” he said.
IS is not the only threat, Kerchove said, adding that Europe shouldn’t “forget about Al-Qaeda, as well.”
However, Kerchove dismissed the idea of large-scale attacks coming in the future.
“I don’t believe we’ll have major attack of 9/11,” he said.