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Originally published in International Business Times
The unfolding hostage siege in Sydney is part of a growing trend of “small scale, lone actor” terrorism across the Western world, according to The Henry Jackson Society.
The thinktank told IBTimes UK that the terrorist threat is “always there” in the West and governments are “having to weigh up how best to deal with it”.
But the organisation warned that there is only “a limited amount” that any state can do about a lone actor holding up a “low-risk” building such as a cafe.
“What we are seeing is the rise of small scale, lone actor terrorism that relies on guns and knives rather than complex bomb-making,” said Robin Simcox, a research fellow at The Henry Jackson Society.