Greek authorities have no indications of a planned terror attack in Greece, Deputy Minister for Civil Protection, Nikos Toskas, said on Sunday. Speaking to state broadcaster ERT TV, Toskas said that Greece is a pillar of stability, security and calm in Europe, when compared to other countries in the area..
At the same time, he did not exclude the possibility of an individual action by a so-called ‘lonesome wolf’.
Journalists had asked Toskas to comment on the terror attack in Barcelona and the recent ISIS threats to launch attacks in European countries while Italy was next on its hit list.
“We have no indications of planning such actions in our country,” Toskas said.
He added that the only way to deal with the problem is “to have peace in the Middle East where the turmoil is big.”
Late Friday night, the Greek Coast Guard arrested a 22-year-old Belgian woman of Moroccan descent who was traveling from the Italian port of Bari to Greece. The woman was arrested while on a passenger ferry sailing from Italy to Greece, en route Bari-Corfu-Igoumenitsa. The arrest followed a Europol arrest warrant on charges of extremism. The arrest warrant was issued by Belgian authorities on charges that she was involved with a terror group.
The Greek Coast Guard was tipped off by Italian authorities.
PS I thought the problem with Islamic terrorism was more complex than “the turmoil in the Middle East”…
I hope he hasn’t cursed us saying this!