BERLIN - European security officials are warning of a new, decentralized jihadist threat that is hard to track, a day after French police shot a homegrown extremist who killed seven people on a hate-fueled rampage.
Europol chief Rob Wainwright says intelligence officials believe "we have a different kind of jihadist threat emerging and it's getting stronger. It is much more decentralized and harder to track."
Wainwright spoke to The Associated Press in an exclusive telephone interview Friday from The Hague. He said combating attacks from individuals working outside of networks will take smarter measures in monitoring the Internet, better intelligence and international co-operation.
Mohamed Merah, a 23-year-old Frenchman of Algerian descent, was killed Thursday in a shootout after police raided the Toulouse apartment where he had been holed up for 32 hours in a standoff with authorities.