15:37 GMT06 March 2021
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    Press reports claim German security services say holidaymakers should be prepared for jihadists, disguised as ice cream or souvenir T-shirt sellers on southern Mediterranean beaches this summer.

    German tabloid newspaper Bild claims European security services are warning tourists to be on high alert due to the threat posed by Daesh militants, who could be plotting attacks on resorts on the southern coasts of Italy, France and Spain.

    According to German security services, bombs could be buried in the sand under sun loungers.

    Last summer, Daesh gunman Seifeddine Rezgui walked onto a beach in Tunisia, armed with explosives and an AK47 gun, hidden inside a parasol in the resort of Sousse. 38 tourists were killed, 30 of them Britons.

    The body of a tourist shot dead by a gunman lies near a beachside hotel in Sousse, Tunisia June 26, 2015
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    The body of a tourist shot dead by a gunman lies near a beachside hotel in Sousse, Tunisia June 26, 2015

    The latest warnings came as Rob Wainwright, director of Europol — the EU's law enforcement agency — delivered a speech at the World Counter Terror Congress in London (WCTC).

    Other speakers included Minister of Security John Hayes MP, former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Mark Rowley, London Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner and leading counterterror police chief, as well as Jamie Shea, NATO's deputy assistant secretary general for emerging security threats.

    The WCTC also features the  for professionals from the public and private sector to peruse the latest surveillance equipment, high security fencing, done technology and cybersecurity technology from more than 240 vendors.

    According to Jamie Shea, Daesh militants are working on making bombs inside human bodies and hacking driverless cars.

    The Italian security services who reportedly briefed German intelligence officials on the latest terror threat to tourists on the Mediterranean coast this summer suggest the Daesh militants have links with militants from Nigerian terror group, Boko Haram.


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