Brussels is considered a haven for Islamist terrorists. Several of the Paris attackers came from there. The "capital" of the European Union is especially attractive to jihadists because it lacks a coordinated municipal security policy.
Radical Islamists are more active in Barcelona than in most other Spanish cities. The reason lies partly in the autonomous nature of the government, and partly in the multicultural character of the city.
Jihadi terrorism has again struck Europe. What is it seeking to do? Help Islam expand? No, it is trying to intensify hatred against Muslims, because that strengthens its recruiting networks, says DW's Luis García Casas.
Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Manchester and now another attack in Barcelona. European cities have been increasingly targeted by Islamist extremists in recent years.
Spanish police have foiled a bomb and car attack just hours after a deadly van rampage left 13 people dead in Barcelona. Five suspected attackers were killed during the second incident in a Catalan coastal town.
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