The police, together with military police officers, civil guards and officers of the Counter Terrorism Centre, guarantee the security of Christmas fairs in Hungary, the Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister stated on the Thursday programme of the public service television news channel M1.

György Bakondi spoke about this in connection with the fact that in Strasbourg on Tuesday evening a perpetrator shot two people dead near a Christmas market. Twelve people were injured in the incident, several of them critically.

He added that in Hungary there are Christmas fairs and events in 160 locations, and the government is doing everything in its power to enable the Hungarian population to celebrate peacefully.

He said it is all the more difficult to carry out acts of terrorism in Hungary because there is no significant Muslim minority living in the country that would be able to assist with the organisation of an attack, or would be able to help the perpetrator escape.

On Kossuth Radio’s Thursday morning programme Good morning, Hungary, Mr Bakondi pointed out that in the past few years as many as 300 people had died and 1,500 people had been injured in attacks which had been committed by immigrants with an Islamic background.

At the same time, there is an ever sharper dividing line between countries that support immigration and those that oppose it, the chief security advisor said.