posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 04:11 AM
Though Friday's horrific terrorist attack in Norway was carried out by an extreme right-winged Norwegian, maintains the European police cooperation
Europol that militants continue to pose a far greater terrorist threat in Europe than right-wing extremists.
"Many now ask whether there has been too much focus on Islamist terrorism," said Europol spokesman Søren Kragh Pedersen.
"But our clear message is that one must not underestimate the threat from Islamist terrorism and that we still must focus on the environment."
Europol will in the light of the terrorist attack in Norway focus greater attention on the threat from right-winged extremists, because the tragedy
shows that terrorist attacks can come from any extreme environments.
But Søren Kragh Pedersen also stresses that it is very unusual right-winged extremists carrying out major terrorist attacks.
The right-winged extremist worries of Europol, but usually they are committing environmental crimes such as assault and arson.
Europol's annual reports of terrorist attacks in Europe in recent years also shows that right-wing extremists have not filled large in the way of
terrorist attacks .
In 2010 right-winged extremists where not noted for a single terrorist attack in Europe, while left-winged extremists were behind 45 attacks. The vast
majority of terrorist attacks in Europe were carried out by separatist movements, especially in Spain and France.
Islamists stood behind the three conducted terrorist attacks in Europe in 2010, 179 Islamists were arrested for planned attacks around the world.
Meanwhile, Islamist terrorist attacks another character than separatist movements because the Islamists often go after killing many people.
edit on 28/7/11 by Hilltaker because: Source edit.