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EP: Homage to Samuel Paty

President of the European Parliament David Sassoli led a minute of silence to pay tribute to murdered teacher Samuel Paty and all victims of terrorism, at the opening of the session.
Expressing his condolences to the family of Samuel Paty, a history and geography teacher brutally murdered by an Islamist terrorist in France on Friday, October 16, Sassoli paid tribute to all those who work to uphold freedom of expression.

“Deeply shocked by the appalling attack by #ConflansSainteHonorine. We stand alongside our French friends and the victim’s family. Hate and violence, terrorism and extremism will never overcome freedom and democracy” wrote on his Twitter micro blog the head of the EU diplomacy Josep Borrell.

French minister of Interior GĂ©rarld Darmanin said a fatwa appeared to have been issued against Samuel Paty, a 47-year-old teacher of history and geography who was decapitated on October 16 outside the school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a community in 30 km from the capital.

As part of a course on freedom of expression this month, as the previous years, Paty had shown pupils the caricatures including two of the prophet Muhammad published by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, that was the target of a 2015 Islamist attack.

Police shot dead Paty’s attacker, an 18-year-old of Chechen origin named as Abdullakh Anzorov.

A photo of the teacher’s decapitated head was posted to Twitter from Anzorov’s mobile phone, along with the message: “I have executed one of the dogs from hell who dared to put Muhammad down.” At present 15 people related to the terrorist act of beheading of the teacher are arrested.

Europol: EU under terroristic threat

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EUROPOL: Europe is facing its most serious terrorist threat for over 10 years. The attacks on Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 marked a shift towards a broader strategy of Jihadist terrorism, and the so-called IS in particular, to intimidate Western countries with successive terror attacks across Europe. The potential increase of returnees from conflict zones requires vigilance from all involved actors.

The launch of the  European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC)  in January 2016 was the EU’s answer to this new threat. Its establishment, including the Internet Referral Unit (IRU) as a new capability to tackle unprecedented levels of online terrorism propaganda, was a major milestone for the EU security architecture.  For the first time in the EU there was consensus, in the counter terrorism policy context, that a cornerstone for cooperation at EU level was needed to support national counter terrorism efforts.

Information sharing on counter terrorism, across European countries as well as through and with Europol, had reached an all-time high by the end of 2016. For instance, Europol held more than 10 times as much information on ‘person entities’ in its database, compared with January 2015 when the attack on Charlie Hebdo took place.

The function of the ECTC as a hub to exchange information, conduct analysis and coordinate operational support is being exploited by EU Member States and relevant third parties, indicating a significant increase in trust and awareness across national counter terrorism authorities concerning Europol’s support services.

Europol supported 127 counter terrorism operations in 2016, including most recently the attack in Berlin. This is an almost 50 percent increase compared to 2015 with 86 investigations. Following the November 2015 attacks, Europol’s most extensive involvement has been through Task Force FraternitĂ©, where high-value information has been shared with and through Europol (e.g. new targets, associates, phone data). The total amount of information available on the case at Europol level is: 19 TB of overall information, 2500 SIENA  message exchanges, 1247 leads from the Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP), 2274 other financial messaging leads, and 60 Passenger Name Record (PNR) requests.

A total of 80 operational analysis reports and intelligence packages have been delivered (not counting cross-match reports), as well as 32 social media report packages. This has generated new leads for investigation, and following national law enforcement measures, the identification of new targets.