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Officials: European Airports Could See 'Commando-like' Attacks

"If they believe they can pull it off, I think there's every reason to believe they may go ahead and try it."

New details are emerging about possible terror attacks in Europe, which have prompted U.S. officials to issue warnings to Americans living in or preparing to travel to the area. According to ABC, European airport lobbies could be the target of "commando-like attack[s] featuring small units and small firearms."

The news outlet elaborates:

Among the possible targets in the suspected European terror plot are pre-security areas in at least five major European airports, a law enforcement official told ABC News. Authorities believe terror teams are preparing to mount a commando like attack featuring small units and small firearms modeled after the Mumbai attack two years ago. ...

One scenario authorities fear is a repeat of the 1985 attack on the Rome and Vienna airports, when Palestinian extremists threw grenades and opened fire on travelers waiting at ticket counters injuring 140 and killing 19, including a small child.

"If they believe they can pull it off, I think there's every reason to believe they may go ahead and try it," former FBI agent Brad Garrett, now an ABC News consultant, said. "These plans go together at a particular point in time, and it may be perhaps that they are at a juncture with people, equipment and locations that they need to do it now."

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