Crude, indiscriminate terror attacks mark new normal?


Recent terror attacks in Europe appear to mark a strategic shift towards crude, bloody and seemingly random public assaults.

Analysis – Recent terror attacks in Europe appear to mark a strategic shift towards crude, bloody and seemingly random public assaults.

Police and pedestrians outside a cordoned off in Barcelona. Photo: AFP

Terrorists have used vehicles, knives or armed gunmen on foot, which has highlighted the vulnerability of the public and security services to these kinds of indiscriminate attacks.

It takes know-how to build a bomb but comparatively little planning or technical input to drive vehicles into crowds seemingly at random.

Islamic State (IS) have claimed responsibility for the van attack on the famous La Rambla street in central Barcelona – a tree-lined pedestrian mall.

Its claim does not necessarily mean the attack was centrally directed by IS, which is a loose collection of groups and militants, some linked to one another, who share an ideology.

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Source: Radio New Zealand.