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European Terror Attacks

Press Statement 21 August 2017

European Terror Attacks

Àngels Bosch, president of the European Confederation of Police (EuroCOP) has said that Europe owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to its police officers in light of the persistent and sustained terrorist attacks on the continent. Speaking shortly after one of the key suspects in the attacks on Barcelona and Cambrils on he 17th August was shot and killed Ms Bosch said; “This afternoon police officers in Subirats, approximately 50km west of Barcelona, responded to a terrorist incident where the a key suspect in the 17th August attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, Younes Abouyaaqoub was shot and killed.

Similar to the attackers in Cambrils, Abouyaaqoub was wearing a suicide vest and officers displayed selfless courage to neutralise the threat he posed to those around him. On Friday 18 August police officers in Turku, Finland shot and neutralised the threat from Abderrahman Mechkah after he murdered 2 people and severely injured 8 others in a terrorist knife attack in the city. Yet again the bravery of the police officers undoubtedly prevented more injuries and death. The speed with which the incidents in Barcelona, Cambrils, Turku and Subirats unfolded has demonstrated that police officers have little time to plan their responses to these type of threats.

When need only look at any number of terrorist attacks over recent years, like the Bastille Day attack in Nice; the Christmas Market attack in Berlin; the Brussels Airport attack; the Drottninggatan attack in Stockholm, and the Westminster and London Bridge attacks in London to see countless examples of bravery by police officers. We know the hate and ideology that motivates those who perpetrate these acts of terror is not easily overcome and that on occasions they will find ways to promote their ideals. We also know that as citizens of Europe, we will not allow our way of life and freedoms to be undermined by terrorism. When they try to divide us we will come back stronger.

There can be no doubt that the citizens of Europe owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the men and women in their police forces who stand as the first line of defence of these freedoms and who continually find themselves in danger as they seek to protect the lives of others.”

ENDS


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