Bosnians are no stranger to the jihad.
Bosnia police arrest 11 suspected of involvement in Syria, Iraq wars
Bosnian police have arrested 11 people suspected of fighting for Islamist militants in Syria or Iraq or otherwise supporting such groups. Five suspects arrested in a similar operation two months ago remain in custody.
Bosnia’s State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) said in a statement issued on Thursday that more than 100 police officers took part in the operation, dubbed “Damascus,” in five towns including the capital, Sarajevo.
“The detained are suspected of links with financing, organizing and recruiting Bosnian citizens to leave for Syria and Iraq and fight in armed conflicts there alongside radical terrorist groups and organizations,” the SIPA statement said.
SIPA added that the raids had also turned up evidence that some of the suspects had weapons or explosives.
This is the second such operation conducted by SIPA, following a similar operation two months ago in which 16 people were arrested. Of those, five remain in custody, including Bilal Bosnic, who is thought to be the one of the leading figures in the ultra-conservative Salafi movement in Bosnia.
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