"In 2009, six Member States reported 294 failed,
foiled or successfully executed attacks. Furthermore,
an additional 124 attacks were carried out in
The number of attacks decreased by 33 % in comparison
to 2008 and is almost half the number of attacks
carried out in 2007.
In 2009, there was only one Islamist terrorist attack,
directed at a military target in Italy.
Separatist terrorist organisations were responsible
for 237 attacks; all of which were carried out
in France and Spain. The decreasing trend in the
number of separatist attacks, already noticeable in
2008, continued in 2009.
Greece, Italy and Spain reported 40 attacks by leftwing
and anarchist terrorists.
Hungary reported four right-wing attacks; Austria
and France each reported one single-issue attack.
The number of reported casualties and fatalities remains
limited; however, seven government officials (five police officers and two soldiers) were killed in separatist, left-wing and anarchist terrorist attacks
in Greece, Spain and the UK.
In 2009, 587 individuals were arrested in 13 Member
States for terrorism-related off ences. In comparison
to 2008, the total number of arrests in Member
States decreased by 22 %; in comparison to 2007,
the number of arrests decreased by 30 %.
Eight Member States reported 110 arrests related
to Islamist terrorism in comparison to 187 arrests reported
by 10 Member States in 2008.
The majority of the individuals were arrested for offences
related to separatism.
In 2009, 29 individuals were arrested for left-wing
and anarchist terrorist offences. Twenty-two individuals
were arrested in relation to right-wing terrorism
and two individuals were arrested for single-issue
The majority of arrests were made on suspicion of
membership of a terrorist organisation. Almost 30
% of the arrests were related to attacks and 17 % to
the financing of terrorism. Other activities of which
the suspects were accused include propaganda and
The average age of the arrested suspects is 34 years.
As in previous years, almost 40 % of the arrested
suspects are younger than 30. Suspects arrested for
Islamist terrorism are, on average, older than those
arrested for separatist terrorism.
Although the number of women arrested for terrorism-
related offences remains low, there is a small increase
in comparison to previous years. 15 % of the
arrested suspects were women, compared to 10 %
in 2007. The majority of these arrests were related
to separatist terrorism. In Lithuania, a woman was
arrested for the preparation of a suicide terrorist attack."
EU terrorism situation and trend report