Police head pledges vigilance to prevent potential attacks
Fear of terror is raising concerns in Estonia after fatal incidents in Copenhagen over the weekend, with the director of the Estonian Police and Border Guard going on the record in a daily to say that the police will also be more vigilant at larger gatherings domestically as well as in border controls.
"We're prepared to provide assistance to neighbors if necessary and we will do everything to prevent such attacks in Estonia," said the director, Priit Pärkna, in Eesti Päevaleht.
Pärkna did not say specifically what the measures at gatherings and the border would entail and whether they would manifest as a visible police presence. His comment came in response to a journalist's query and it is possible it was intended to be just be a standardized response in such situations.
Copenhagen is seeing an increased police presence since a Danish-born ex-convict attacked a cafe where a discussion on free speech was taking place on Saturday night, apparently to target a Swedish cartoonist who has drawn the prophet Mohammad A film-maker in the audience was killed and three police were wounded. The shooter also killed a security guard at a synagogue.
Police there have assured residents and visitors that they should not fear for their safety in the city, which has had one of the lowest murder rates of any European capital.
The Jewish community in Estonia has made a push for security funding, while authorities in Finland allocated 100,000 euros to step up policing at synagogues, it was reported today.