This is a busy time and it’s essential to be alert and aware, but it’s also the time of year when some good news is welcome.
This week we’ve heard about four major counter-terrorism operations that prevented potentially horrendous attacks, and we reckon that’s worth celebrating!
Yesterday (16 December 2019) it was revealed that at least 22 people had been arrested across seven cities in Denmark. Evidence showed that they were in possession of explosives and weapons, and raids were carried out following a collaboration between Danish security services and Israel’s Mossad.
The terrorist cell members are believed to have been planning a large, co-ordinated attack, and the cell included some members who had fought for Islamic State (IS/Isis) in Syria. Algemeiner reports that several of the people arrested had been born in Denmark.
The successful raids and arrests demonstrate the power of collaboration and information sharing in fighting terrorism. Mossad is currently assisting Britain in identifying and tracking potential terrorist operatives and is also working with security teams in countries such as France and Italy.
Five “suspected Isis terrorists” were arrested on Friday 13 December in Moscow, according to Inquisitr.
Russian authorities found the men to be in possession of an “arms cache” and an improvised explosive device, as well as communication devices and “instructions” from Isis.
The target was a large and extremely popular shopping mall, where the suspects were arrested.
Jordanian police reported on 15 December that they had arrested four people and foiled a “terrorist plot” to carry out attacks across Jordan.
This cell is believed to have been targeting Jordan’s police and national guards, as well as its General Intelligence building.
The National reports that another plot was foiled in November, in which Isis followers had planned to attack foreign diplomats and US troops with vehicles, guns and knives.
Our own counter-terrorism police have been hard at work too! Two people were arrested in Birmingham on Friday 13 December on suspicion of terrorism-related activity.
They had been under surveillance since November, and West Yorkshire police were searching an address in Birmingham for further links while the suspects are being held at the local police station, according to The Guardian. Great work, West Yorkshire!
Prepared, Not Scared
It’s fantastic that these acts of terrorism have been prevented, but this is also a stark reminder that terrorist affiliates could be operating anywhere in the world
We believe this should make us more vigilant and more determined to be prepared for anything, but it definitely should not ruin our Christmas holidays! Whether you’re travelling locally or internationally, Safe Journey can add so much peace of mind to your Christmas journey – and you can use it to top up any other policy. This is still one of the only policies in the whole of the UK that gives you the option to cancel if there’s an act of terrorism near your holiday destination*.
It’s always a good idea to check Foreign Office (FCO) updates about your route and destination before you leave home, so you know exactly what to expect, and keep an eye on local news – especially if you’re travelling somewhere like France where demonstrations and travel delays are expected.
We wish all our readers a very merry Christmas and safe, happy journeys into the new year!
*Cancellation cover applies if there’s an act of terrorism anywhere within a 40-mile radius of your destination, up to 6 weeks before you depart. Please read full details, Ts+Cs and exclusions here, or get a quick quote – a single trip of up to 8 days can cost as little as £5.17 per person, so it won’t take a big bite out of your Christmas budget!
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