Luton, Birmingham and Barcelona: Europe's terror hotspots revealed

Europe's terror hotspots - where are the alleged breeding grounds for terrorism?
Lisleby district, Fredrickstad, Norway
Molenbeek, Brussels, Belgium
Barcelona, Spain
Luton, United Kingdom
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

It's been nearly a week since the UK weathered a major terrorist incident in Westminster - and the fallout continues apace. 

Khalid Masood drove into a throng of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing three people, before fatally stabbing a police officer, PC Keith Palmer, and being shot dead. 

The event is just the latest in a string of terrorist atrocities to devastate Europe in the last couple of years, and many of them have their roots in a handful of towns and cities which have emerged as hotbeds of extremist activity.

Drawing on the investigation into Masood, and previous probes into terrorist attacks across Europe, we've drawn up a map of the five most prominent centres of terrorism and extremist activity in Europe.

Each of the five areas has produced a significant amount of terror-related arrests, as well as seeing a number of people leave to fight for Isis in Iraq and Syria.

Check out the gallery above.