New Delhi, Sep 15: Terrorism is the "gravest challenge" facing humanity and Europe has to play a lead role in developing an effective global response under the aegis of the UN to deal with this menace. Europe has been hit hard by terrorism. There have been a spate of terror attacks that have struck European countries like Germany, France, the UK and Sweden recently. During his six-day-tour to Europe PM Narendra Modi had also categorically mentioned, "To our mind, terrorism is the gravest challenge facing humanity. Europe must play a lead role in developing an effective global response under the aegis of the United Nations to deal with this menace.
Modi's remarks assume significance as they come in the wake of a spate of terror attacks that have struck European countries like Germany, France, the UK and Sweden recently. The latest terror attack to have rocked Europe is the London Tube train explosion which has been termed a terror attack. Several people were injured when an explosion occurred in a carriage of a London Tube train on Friday. Here is taking a stock of recent terrorist attacks in Europe:
1. Brussels bombings in March 2016. On March 22, at least 34 people were killed and 190 wounded when three blasts shook Brussels.
2. Nice truck attack in July 2016. On Bastille Day, France's national day, a large truck deliberately rammeded into a large celebration in the southern coastal city of Nice. Around 84 people were killed that night; hundreds were injured. “There was carnage on the road,” eyewitness Wassim Bouhlel told the Associated Press. “Bodies everywhere.” The assailant, 31-year-old Tunisian national Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, was shot by police on the scene; it was later claimed that he had been "radicalized" by ISIS.
3. Paris attacks in November 2015. It was the bloodiest attack in the Western world in years, one that President Hollande called an "act of war." On the night of Nov. 13, a coordinated string of attacks erupted at several venues across Paris, namely a soccer stadium and the Bataclan, a popular live music venue. Some 130 people were massacred, scores more were injured. ISIS took responsibility for the attacks and hailed them as "miracles."
4. On July 26, two men stormed a French church and took five people hostage during morning Mass. They murdered an elderly priest, Jacques Hamel, by stabbing him in the chest and slitting his throat. President François Hollande later said that the men had carried out the attack in the name of ISIS. The hostages were later freed and the two men were arrested.
5. The stabbings in 2016. There have been at least 10 recorded stabbing attacks across Europe this year, all of which have allegedly been motivated by Islamist extremism. Earlier, in January, a man wearing fake explosives attacked officers with a meat cleaver in a Paris police station while shouting "Allahu Akbar!"
News24Bureau with Agencies