Friday, May 20, 2016
Reuters: French security chief warns Islamic State plans wave of attacks in France
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From the article:
Islamic State militants are gearing up for a campaign of bomb attacks on large crowds in France, host to next month's Euro 2016 soccer championships, its spy chief has said.
Rare remarks by Patrick Calvar, the head of France's DGSI internal intelligence agency, to the parliament's defense committee spelled out "a new form of attack ... characterized by placing explosive devices in places where there are large crowds and repeating this type of action to create a climate of maximum panic.
"Clearly, France is the most threatened and we know that Daesh (Islamic State) is planning new attacks," Calvar told the committee on May 10, according to a transcript of his testimony released to the media on Thursday.
Referring to the Arabic acronym for Islamic State, Calvar said Daesh was still using the same migrant routes through the Balkans to get its fighters into Europe.
(Reporting By John Irish; Editing by Andrew Callus/Jeremy Gaunt)