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ETA re-armed and dangerous -- Europol

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The armed Basque separatist group ETA has rebuilt its capacity to strike with organised attacks according to EU policy agency Europol.

The statement comes from a report produced by the agency into terrorism in the 27 European Union countries during 2006.

Islamic terrorism – such as demonstrated in the London bombings on 7th July 2005 – was said to be the most threatening form of terrorism in Europe by Director of Europol Max-Peter Ratzel:

“The failed attack in Germany, and the London blasts demostrate that Islamist terrorists also still aim at mass casualties. A total of more than 700 individuals suspected of terrorist offences were arrested in 15 member states in the year 2006.”

Europol reported that separatist groups in Spain and France accounted for the majority of the 498 terrorist acts in the EU in 2006.

The agency now believes that increasing information-sharing between member states is imperative to prevent the spread of terrorism.