Islamic terroriststhreaten the opening match ofUEFA European Championship 2016 and the German police warned that theEuropeanFootball Championship could be the target of terrorist attacks this year.The opening match of UEFA EURO 2016 between Romania and France from June 10th and the final competition from July 10th - which will take place at the Stade de France - could be targeted by Islamic terrorists. This announcement was made by the German Federal Criminal Police Office.

Threat to the entire Championship.

According to Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) -- the Federal Criminal Police Officeof Germany, the threat would be valid not only for the match between Romania and France but for the entire European Championship, following a report that reached the Bild newspaper.

The report mentions the symbolic and easy targets which are enjoying most attention from the media, are the most vulnerable targets to terrorist attacks. They could, therefore, result in a large number of victims. The report by the police also mentions that members of the football teams from what terrorists call 'nations of crusaders' could be targeted.

France is already a target for terrorists

The BKA's report also mentions that France is always targeted by Islamist attackers. This is mainly due to the French colonial past in North and West Africa, their military involvement in Mali and their support for the fight against the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Security measures stepped up after the attacks in Paris

Security measures were stepped up in France in the months that followed the attacks in Paris from November last year that killed more than 130 people. The French officials, along with UEFA's officials have tried to attenuate the concerns regarding the risk of violent attacks during the events from Euro 2016.

UEFA is planning to hire at least 10,000 private security agents to assure the safe progress of the European Championship tournament. 900 security agents will defend each of the ten stadiums.

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