Europe remains on alert and wary of new terror outrages following the attacks on Paris and Brussels by Islamist suicide squads.
Reports that terrorists from the Islamic State group (ISIS) are planning attacks on Mediterranean resorts have appeared in German media. Stories say the attackers could disguise themselves as beach vendors and hide explosives under deckchairs
Jihadist fanatics could pose as refugees selling T-shirts, soft drinks and ice-cream on popular beaches before conducting attacks, Bild said – or they could plant bombs under deckchairs.
Spanish police arrested a Moroccan on Tuesday in Palma de Mallorca. He is accused of links to ISIS leadership and for encouraging attacks in Spain and across Europe.
Meanwhile, the SITE intelligence group – a non-profit organisation which tracks the online activity of extremist groups – reported that Islamic State had posted pictures on the internet calling on German Muslims to conduct Brussels-style attacks at Cologne-Bonn airport and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s offices.
The disclosure by Reuters coincided with a report that a secret emergency plan for Cologne-Bonn Airport had been posted inadvertently on the airport’s public website and left there for months, German broadcaster ZDF said.
ZDF said the lengthy document on the airport website included instructions on how airport personnel should deal with terrorist attacks, bomb threats or hostage taking, along with detailed descriptions of where passengers should gather in emergencies.
Written by Peter Needham