Mike Hookem MEP, UKIP defence spokesman has described today’s terrorist attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait as “the work of utter cowards” and said that his thoughts are with “all those caught up in these dreadful events”.
Speaking about the attack targeting tourists sunbathing on a beach in the Tunisian holiday resort of Sousse, which left 28 British, German and Belgium nationals dead, Mike said; “The terrorists picked the softest possible target to maximise the impact of their attack. Their actions are utterly disgusting and no ideology can excuses their actions.”
“The simple fact is those who order or perpetrate such horrific acts are utter cowards!”
“Tourism is a highly important industry in Tunisia, with an estimated 20,000 British tourists in the country this week alone. Terror groups understand that to spread their influence from their bases in Libya, they must first undermine the government and the economy of neighbouring countries to spread their particular brand of hate. We simply cannot allow ISIS to gain influence in yet another North African country.”
“While there is no direct proof as yet, it seems that today’s two other terrorist attacks; which targeted a mosque in Kuwait and a gas plant in France, were timed to coincide with the attack in Tunisia.”
“We have been warned for some time that Jihadists have infiltrated the migrants currently coming out of Libya, many of whom aim to make their way to the UK. While the EU has been caught with it’s pants down, focusing on humanitarian issues, it is now imperative that we as a country take a broader, more security centric view.”
“Today’s attacks need to be treated as a warning to all the people of Europe, and the UK in particular, that we need to be on our guard against those who seek to undermine our cultures, our values and our freedoms.”
"The Government must now look at ways in which we can work with friendly governments within the North African region to strengthen both their own and the UK’s security against the very real security threats.”