Intelligence agencies believe that ISIS may be planning attacks that target tourists on vacation this upcoming summer. According to German and Italian intelligence agencies the group plans to attack tourists at Spanish, Italian and French resorts as they lounge on waterfronts and popular beaches.
According to the German newspaper, BILD, the terrorists plan to pose as Syrian refugees selling ice-cream and t-shirts at popular resorts and beaches. They will detonate suicide vest and bombs buried under sun beds and lounge chairs. Authorities fear that brazen plans like this, coupled with terrorist access to automatic weapons, could usher in a “whole new dimension of terror”.
Fears of ISIS targeting vacationers were spurred from an arrest made at Palma, Majorca, a popular vacation destination for British tourists. Spanish authorities arrested an unnamed suspect originally from Morocco. Found among his possessions were documents that loosely planned the summertime attacks. Other documents found during the raid also tied the suspect to ISIS and provided evidence that he was circulating pro-ISIS propaganda aimed at recruiting Jihadists.
The investigation is still open. Authorities are searching for additional information related to possible future attacks and reviewing documents found on site during the raid for additional information on possible terror attacks in the area.