A report claimed that last year extremists around the world wanted to use the pandemic to spread ‘hate’. This report has been released by the Police Agency of the European Union.
The European Union’s police agency said in its annual report on terrorism on Tuesday that extremists wanted to use the global pandemic to “spread hatred and increase mistrust in public institutions” in 2020. The report said that COVID-19 and its resulting economic crisis and social unrest have “contributed to polarization in society, hardening attitudes and increasing acceptance of threats, including calls to commit violent acts.” is included.’
EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said that, ‘According to Europol’s latest report on the EU’s state of terrorism, the risk of online radicalization has increased in the year of the COVID epidemic. This is especially true of right-wing terrorism. He discussed the issue in a meeting with US Interior Secretary Alejandro Mayercas in Lisbon on Tuesday.
Decrease in the use of explosives
Last year, a total of 21 people were killed in extremist attacks – nine in one right-wing attack in Germany and 12 in six jihadist attacks. The report said that the use of explosives in terrorist attacks has decreased. This probably happened because the gathering of people had stopped in the COVID-19 lockdown.
Terrorism threat increased in South Asia
On the other hand, the threat of terrorism spreading and strengthening once again in Asia has increased. American troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan and only after that Taliban is occupying the provinces of Afghanistan. If the power of the country is captured by a terrorist organization, then it will be a matter of danger for South Asia as well as the whole world.
Although the US had sought approval to build a base in Pakistan to keep an eye on the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan refused it. It is being said that Imran Khan fears that if he allows the US to set up a base in Pakistan to take action against the Taliban, he will face opposition from Muslim fundamentalists and this will put his government in danger.
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