paris - In France there is silence before the storm. According to terrorist Thibault de Montbrial, the country may be cleaning its breast for attacks by jihadists returning from Syria and Iraq, and terrorists released from prison in the coming years.
The French capital was shaken by a violent terrorist attack last weekend. Armed with a knife with a blade of only 10 centimeters, perpetrator Khamzat Azimov was able to kill a Parisian. Before the Frenchman of Chechen origin was shot himself, he wounded four other passers-by.
Azimov responded with his action to an already older call from the Islamic State, which asks for unbelieving Westerners- and especially the 'nasty and dirty French'- to bring, in any way whatsoever. Earlier, jihadists stormed soldiers and agents at the Louvre and Notre-Dame with machetes and hammers.
Thibault de Montbrialt, foreman of the Reflection Center for Homeland Security, told Le Figaro yesterday that this kind of 'cheap' terror is only 'a transitional phase'. He warns against the French who have been fighting for the caliphate and who were arrested and convicted on return. 'The fighters who were imprisoned in 2013 and 2014 are now starting to be released. In 2020, 64 percent of them are out of the cell; it involves several hundred people. A large majority of them are still determined to fight our country. Their profile is worrying because they are practiced in the fight. '
Together with (French-speaking) jihadists returning from Syria and Iraq in the coming years, they are able to coordinate 'attacks of size', according to the expert.
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