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Bernie Kerik: More Terror Attacks Like French Train On the Way

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(Getty Images) French forensic experts investigate the scene after last week's terror attack aboard an Amsterdam-to-Paris train.

By    |   Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 07:04 PM

The bloodbath that was narrowly averted on Amsterdam-to-Paris commuter train last week was just one of the growing number of terror attacks occurring globally — and more are on the way, former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik says.

"This is going on worldwide.... We're seeing a constant increase of these types of events, whether it's here in the United States, whether it's in France or Spain or England," Kerik said Tuesday to J.D. Hayworth on "Newsmax Prime."

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"ISIS, al-Qaida and all these radical extremist groups are using social media and the internet to recruit, to motivate, to inspire others, to do their dirty work. That's what we saw in this event.

"You're going to see much more like this to come and it's something we have to get used to. If anybody's surprised by it, they shouldn't be."

On Monday, French President Francois Hollande awarded France's highest honor to off-duty U.S. servicemen Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone, their student friend Anthony Sadler, and Chris Norman, a British business consultant.

They tackled and tied up a 25-year-old Moroccan identified as Ayoub El Khazzani, who boarded the high-speed train wielding a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a Luger automatic pistol, ammunition, and a box-cutter. Authorities say the gunman had watched a jihadi video only minutes before.

"I don't think anybody really can grasp the amount of damage that could have been done had these three kids not been on that train and this guy jacked the first round into that gun and started shooting," Kerik said.

"This was an AK-47, those rounds would penetrate seats, penetrate bodies, hit other people. I don't think anybody can really understand the gravity of what could have taken place had these kids not been there and been as heroic and courageous as they were."

Kerik said that, unfortunately, the passage of time often makes people forget the threat at hand.

"Just like 9/11. After 9/11, everybody's gung ho — go after the radical Islam, go after the extremists, do what you got to do, no holds barred. Unfortunately for us, we have a short memory and it'll probably; take something like that to happen again before we get a grip and call it what it is," he said.

Kerik is author of the book, "From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate #84888-054," published by Threshold Editions.

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The bloodbath that was narrowly averted on Amsterdam-to-Paris commuter train last week was just one of the growing number of terror attacks occurring globally — and more are on the way, former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik says.
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