Spy chief: Isil plans to target crowd at Euro 2016
Published 20/05/2016 | 02:30
ISIL militants are gearing up for a campaign of bomb attacks on large crowds in France, host to next month's Euro 2016 soccer championships, its spy chief has said.
Rare remarks by Patrick Calvar spelled out "a new form of attack ... characterised by placing explosive devices in places where there are large crowds and repeating this type of action to create a climate of maximum panic".
Mr Calvar, head of France's DGSI internal intelligence agency, was speaking to the parliament's defence committee less than a month before the showpiece European football tournament is due to begin.
Upwards of 70,000 Irish fans are expected to travel to France this summer for Euro 2016, despite the FAI receiving less than 40,000 tickets.
Mr Calvar's comments came six months after terrorists killed 130 people in coordinated assaults on cafes, bars, a football stadium and a music hall across Paris.
The Irish fans will initially be based in Paris for their opening match against Sweden on June 13, with further fixtures in Bordeaux and Lille.