Europe, the United Kingdom, and Russia have witnessed terror attacks or attempted attacks every nine days in 2017 on average, analysis of security incidents has revealed.
Since January, around 52 people have been killed by mostly Islamic terrorists, while almost 250 have been injured. The only known incident not linked to jihadism in 2017 was the attack on the Borussia Dortmund soccer team by a Russian-German national attempting to profit from short-selling stock in the company.
Attacks and attempted attacks have taken place in Austria, France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Norway, and Germany.
Security services in Britain — population 65 million — believe there to be around 23,000 potential terror suspects or persons posing a threat. Meanwhile Belgium, with its population of just 12 million, is officially tracking around 18,000 potential jihadists, though this number has not been updated in some time.
A further minimum of 14 terror attacks have occurred in Turkey in 2017, a NATO member country currently being considered for European Union membership.
Note: This post has been updated to reflect the London Bridge attack as well as the attempted Notre Dame hammer attack.
|Date||Location||Result||Attacker(s)||Fate of Attacker|
|20 January 2017||Austria||foiled||arrested|
|3 February 2017||Paris, France||executed||Abdullah Reda Refaie al-Hamahmy||arrested|
|10 February 2017||Paris, France||foiled||four arrests including 16yo girl||arrested|
|18 March 2017||Garges-lès-Gonesse and Orly Airport Paris, France||attempted||Ziyed Ben Belgacem||dead|
|22 March 2017||Westminster, London||executed||Khalid Masood||dead|
|23 March 2017||Antwerp, Belgium||attempted||Mohamed R.||arrested|
|30 March 2017||Venice, Italy||foiled||three men and an unidentified minor||arrested|
|3 April 2017||St. Petersburg, Russia||executed||Akbarzhon Jalilov||dead|
|7 April 2017||Stockholm, Sweden||executed||Rakhmat Akilov||apprehended|
|8 April 2017||Grønland, Oslo, Norway||foiled||unnamed (underage)||arrested|
|11 April 2017||Dortmund, Germany||attempted||Sergej W. Joint Russian German national||arrested|
|18 April 2017||Marseille, France||foiled||two arrests`||arrested|
|20 April 2017||Champs Élysées, Paris, France||executed||Karim Cheurfi/Abu-Yusuf al-Baljiki (“the Belgian” identified via Amaq)||dead|
|18 May 2017||Milan, Italy||executed||Ismail Tommaso Ben Yousef Hosni, 21||arrested|
|22 May 2017||Manchester Arena, Manchester||executed||Salman Abedi||dead|
|03 June 2017||London Bridge/Borough Market||executed||Youssef Zaghba (22), Khuram Shazad Butt (27), and Rachid Redouane (aka Rachid Elkhdar) (30).||all three dead|
|06 June 2017||Notre Dame hammer attack||executed||name not released||condition unknown|