EU Terrorism Arrests Rose More Than 48 Percent in 2007, Report Says

By Brian Orsak

Terrorism-related arrests in Europe rose more than 48 percent last year, according to European Union's chief intelligence agency. European law enforcement agents arrested 1,044 individuals on terrorism or related charges in 2007, up from 705 in 2006, Europol said in a report released Monday. The upswing in arrests was largely due to "a vast increase" in arrests made of alleged separatist terrorists in France and Spain, the agency said. Spain, which had 28 arrests of suspected separatists in 2006, reported 196 in 2007 while in France similar arrests increased 68 percent to 315 in 2007. EU nations put 418 individuals...