The Island’s MP, has outlined his fears for the future in the wake of yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels.
At least 34 people were killed and scores injured in three explosions, two in Brussels airport and one on the Metro system, yards from European Parliament buildings. Responsibility has been claimed by Daesh, the so-called Islamic State, along with a threat that future attacks will be ‘harder and more bitter’. Two explosions were carried out by suicide bombers, Belgian nationals Ibrahim and Khalid El Bakraoui, a third suspect, believed to be Najim Laachraoui, who has previously posed as a migrant is still at large. All were known to the police.
Belgium was on a high state of alert as attacks were expected following the capture and arrest last weekend of Saleh Abdeslam, wanted for his part in the attacks in Paris last November, in which 130 people were killed and almost 400 injured.
Daesh have previously claimed that jihadi fighters are entering Europe under cover of the migrant crisis. Last month Rob Wainwright, head of the EU police agency Europol estimated that up to 5,000 extremists could be moving freely around Europe after taking part in jihadist training, although he played down fears that they were entering through migrant routes.
Andrew Turner said:
“There were heart-breaking scenes in Brussels yesterday, as there were in Paris four months ago, and our deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of all those killed and injured. Nobody who has watched the footage or seen the photographs of the aftermath of these explosions can fail to have been moved.
“These latest attacks, at the heart of the EU, were widely expected and all the perpetrators apparently already well-known to the authorities. I fear that future attacks, including in the UK, are inevitable. These are brutal terrorists, who pervert Islam, a loving and peaceful religion, to seek to establish an uncontested Islamic caliphate.
“Our intelligence and security forces are amongst the best in the world, but their job is made much harder by the unprecedented migrant crisis which makes it easier for those who wish us great harm to conceal themselves. It is little wonder that Schengen is breaking down as people across Europe fear for the future. Whether the threat is home-grown or comes from elsewhere these evil people must be dealt with. We must not let the terrorist win as they attack our way of life and our tolerant and compassionate societies.”