General Article Terrorism in the EU: terror attacks, deaths and arrests

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In recent years there has been an increase in terrorist threats and attacks, beginning in 2015 with the killings at the Charlie Hebdo magazine office in Paris. 

Terrorist attacks in numbers

In 2017, 62 people were killed in 33 religiously-inspired terrorist attacks in the EU, compared to 135 deaths in 13 attacks in 2016, according to Europol figures. In both years ten attacks were considered as “completed” by national governments, because they achieved their target. In 2017 many more attacks were foiled or failed compared to 2016: 23 in 2017 compared to three the year before.

In 2015, the number of deaths caused by this kind of attack reached a peak of 150, sharply up from four in 2014. In 2017, the attacks were much less lethal.

Presenting the EU’s terrorism situation and trend report 2018 to Parliament's civil liberties committee on 20 June, Manuel Navarrete, head of Europol's European Counter Terrorism Centre, said, &l

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