Published on : Tuesday, June 7, 2016
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has marked the stadiums, fan zones and all the venues those are broadcasting the tournament, as the possible targets. The advice from the office states, “During Euro 2016, stadiums, fan zones, venues broadcasting the tournament and transport hubs and links represent potential targets for terrorist attacks. You should be vigilant at all times, especially in areas hosting Euro 2016 events, and follow the advice of local French authorities.”
The British counter-terrorism officers, UK intelligence team along with their French counterparts have come together to prevent any incident.
The head of anti-terror squad of Scotland Yard, Commander Dean Haydon stated, “As we approach the Euros, any operation such as that in any country is clearly a concern. As you would expect, we are working with the French and other local police and security and intelligence agencies across the world to properly understand is there a threat to the Euros.”
He also pointed out, “We’re a key part of the planning. Although the ultimate policing of the event and the planning is for the French, we are all involved in properly trying to understand the threat, if there is one.”
The Ukrainian police have already arrested a French suspect during late May, who was gathering heavy weaponry and explosives to target Mosques, Jewish places of worship, bridges and railway infrastructures. The man was carrying 125kg of TNT.
Downing Street spokeswoman informed, “The French authorities have got an extensive security operation in place, with 77,000 police and gendarmes, 10,000 military personnel and a similar amount of security guards.”
More police forces are patrolling borders, trains and streets to provide additional counter terrorism. But it is also important for the tourists to keep their eyes open for their own good.