So, this is Christmas and what have they done..?
As the world reels from more attacks of terror in Europe, Britain has increased security at Christmas markets – and America has told US travellers to be vigilant.
Police across Britain are sending out anti-terrorism squads to shopping centres, transport hubs and tourist spots to watch for extremists.
Greater Manchester Police said they had strengthened their numbers at the ten markets across the city and concrete barriers have been put up in the centre of Birmingham to stop would-be terrorists from using car or truck bombs to attack the city’s popular Christmas market.
It also emerged last week that 200 undercover SAS soldiers are to be deployed on Britain’s streets to assist police forces in the event of an attack.
The alerts came as German police investigated what the guardedly describe as a “probable terrorist attack” after a lorry ploughed into the Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48.
The driver, reportedly a Pakistani asylum seeker who entered Germany last year, was being questioned as German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it would be “particularly sickening” if he were proven to be a refugee.
The man was said to already be known to police for minor crimes.
The attack happened as a Turkish policeman shot dead Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, apparently in protest at Russia’s involvement in Aleppo.
The killer has been identified as Mevlut Mert Aydintas, 22, a member of the Ankara riot police. The incident happened a day after protests in Turkey over Russian support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Turkey’s president said the attack was aimed at hurting ties with Russia.
And three people were injured when a man stormed into a Zurich mosque and opened fire on people at prayer. Two of the three men – aged 30, 35 and 56 – were seriously injured in the attack near the main train station in the financial capital.
Meanwhile, last year was the deadliest in developed countries since 9/11, recent terror information has revealed.
The Global Terrorism Index from Australia shows the impact terrorism has had on the world in 2015 and makes it clear that Isis is leading Boko Haram as the most dangerous group in the world, responsible for 6,141 deaths in 250 cities.
The UK and United States are described as being ‘above average’ victims of terrorism. Australia is a lower terrorism risk and comes in as the 59th.
Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria were the countries hit hardest, accounting for 72 per cent of all terrorism deaths last year.
There was also the November attacks in Paris where 136 people in a hail of bullets and bombs and less than a year earlier 12 people were murdered in the offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo. Two days after the Charlie Hebdo massacre hostages were taken in Port de Vencennes. Four were killed
In October, the Airbus A321, flight 9268, with 214 Russian and three Ukrainian passengers and seven crew, was attacked by Isis over Egypt.
Poland and Vietnam, perhaps not unexpectedly, are the least beleaguered countries.
And on the positive side, deaths from terrorism decreased by ten per cent in 2015 to 29,376. This is the first decrease since 2010.
However, Isis-affiliated groups carried out attacks in 28 countries in 2015, up from 13 countries in 2014.
The most fatal terrorist attack to date was carried out by ISIL when they executed 300 civilians in Qaim, Iraq.
Twenty-three countries recorded their highest number of deaths from terrorism in 2015. Thirty-four countries were completely free of terrorism in 2015.
The annual GTI is produced by Australian think tank, the Institute for Economics and Peace.
Although these figures are frightening, they do not compete with what is described in the US as the Golden Age of terrorism in the 1970s. Terrorism in the United States was a common feature of life: There were literally hundreds of terrorist bombings, shootings and hijackings – since 9/11 there have been only two-dozen attacks.
During the decade of the 1970s terrorists killed 184 people in the States and injured more than 600 others. Since 9/11, terrorists have killed 74.