France Releases Terrorism Alert App Ahead of Euro 2016


On Wednesday, the French government launched a smartphone app in advance of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament. Its purpose: to alert fans of any terrorist attack that might happen and how to stay safe.

Called SAIP (Système d’alerte et d’information des populations), the app was developed in the wake of the Nov. 13 attacks on Paris, which left 130 dead at restaurants, cafes, and a concert hall.

The Euro tournament begins Friday at the Stade de France, the same venue where Islamic State militants detonated suicide bombs in the November attacks. Officials in France fear the month-long tournament — slated at venues in 10 cities across the country — might be subject to another attack.

After his arrest, Mohamed Abrini — a member of the Islamic State-affiliated terrorist cell that orchestrated the March attacks in Brussels — told investigators that the group’s ultimate target had been Euro 2016. Suspicions remain high.

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SOURCE: The Washington Post, James McAuley