March 22, 2012
“Lone wolves” who plot to carry out small-scale attacks on soft targets, like those in which seven people have been killed in France, could be the future of terrorism, a security expert has warned.
“We are witnessing the next stage of terrorism in Europe,” said Sajjan Gohel, director of International Security at the Asia Pacific Foundation, a London-based counterterrorism think tank.
Mohammed Merah is suspected of carrying out a series of shootings in which seven people, three of them young children, have died in recent days. Merah, 23, a self-styled al Qaeda jihadist, was found dead after a 31-hour siege at his home in France on Thursday.