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EU leaders need broad defense against terror
Thursday, June 06, 2013

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There is an urgent need for members of the European Union to tackle evolving terror threats "quickly and comprehensively," an Irish minister said Wednesday.

Ireland serves at the helm of the Council of the European Union during the first half of the year. Irish Minister of Justice and Defense Allan Shatter called on European leaders to put counter-terrorism initiatives at the top of their agenda.

He said he was particularly concerned about the threat that foreign fighters returning from conflict abroad posed to the 27 members of the EU.

"There is an urgent need to tackle this phenomenon quickly and comprehensively covering all relevant aspects of the issue ranging from prevention to prosecution and assistance upon return," he said in a statement.

Michael Adebolajo, a 28-year-old arrested for the May slaying of British soldier Lee Rigby, was arrested in Kenya in 2010, the BBC reported last month. Adebolajo was accused of trying to cross into Somalia to fight alongside al-Shabaab, a terrorist group with ties to al-Qaida.

Shatter said ministers would debate the issue further during meetings scheduled Thursday in Luxembourg.

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