One plot to cause carnage on December 31 has been stopped in France, police revealed.
One man was arrested in Cugnaux, south west France, plotting New Year terror, while a further two were captured in raids in nearby Toulouse. One of those suspects is accused of hatching a plan to attack police officers.
Police sources said the man arrested in Cugnaux, is “known to (police) services, and he is suspected of wanting to carry out an attack on Dec 31”.
In nearby Spain National Police officers uncovered four magazines for AK-47s and roughly 30 cartridges during an operation, where they swooped on two suspected jihadis aged between 18-25 in Madrid.
The pair, whose families are from Gambia and Morocco, were arrested on suspicion of encouraging terrorism.
In response to the heightened terror threat the Spanish Ministry of the Interior has increased security at focal points across the country where crowds are likely to gather for New Year’s celebrations.
Some 800 personnel - 400 from the National Police and 400 from the Municipal Police - will be drafted in to keep revellers safe.
Members of the Civil Protection and firefighters will add to the heavy uniformed presence.
The particular events the security will focus on will be New Year's Eve in Madrid square Puerta del Sol, the popular race of San Silvestre Vallecana in the city and the Cavalcade of the Three Wise Men.
Another traditional event which normally welcome scores of visitors, eating grapes in Puerta del Sol, has seen its capacity slashed to 25,000 people.
In San Silvestre Vallecana, where the suspected terrorists were arrested, an extra 300 police officers will be deployed to protect the area’s famous race, supported by helicopters.
Italy, where the Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri was shot dead, is beefing up its own security for New Year Eve’s parties for fear of attacks from a ‘lone wolf’.
The Berlin tragedy and previous attacks on UK soil including the killing of fusilier Lee Rigby, have struck fear into the Italian authorities.
Policeman, soldiers and anyone in uniform is seen as a potential target for jihadis.
An extra 800 specially-trained in counter-terrorism police officers will be stationed around Milan, Rome and Turin, the cities feared to be most at risk of terrorism.
Armoured cars and powerful weapons will be part of the reinforced security measures, and a fleet of helicopters will be drafted in to protect New Year’s Eve partygoers.
The Italian Air Force moved two jets to Cameri in order to be able to respond immediately to an attack in the north the country.
The Chief of Aviation, Enzo Ceccarelli, has ordered rescue helicopters to be equipped with machine guns.
He said the reason behind the unprecedented move was to allow the crafts to return fire with "helicopters or drones with hostile intentions."
Other Air Force planes, typically used for exercises and training, have been equipped with an impressive arsenal of weapons.
Meanwhile in Passau, south east Germany, police have banned its annual bridge party with authorities citing "broad public discussion on the safety of major events” as the reason.
Some are convinced the bridge party, which attracts about 1,000 people, has always been a safety risk as it cuts off access between the two Passau districts for hours.
Bangladesh, which recently saw 22 people killed after Islamic State (ISIS) inspired fighters attacked a cafe in Dhaka in July, has banned all outdoor gathering in the city from dusk on December 31 until dawn on January 1 over security fears.
The second New Year’s Eve plot to be foiled saw five members of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) group, who are believed to be behind the Dhaka cafe attack.
Monirul Islam, head of the counter-terrorism police unit, said: "They planned to attack on New Year's Eve.”
Posted by Women Against Shariah on Wednesday, December 28, 2016