World Bulletin / News Desk
Eleven people suspected of plotting terror attacks and recruiting for the ISIL were detained in Albania and neighbouring Kosovo, officials said Sunday.
Police in Albania said they detained four people on Saturday on suspicion of financing terrorism, recruiting ISIL fighters for Syria and spreading "terrorist propaganda".
In Kosovo, seven people were also arrested Saturday for what police described as "extremism" and a threat to public safety.
Media reports said the detainees were alleged ISIL members and, working under the extremist group's leader for Kosovars in Syria, Lavdrim Muhaxheri, planning to stage terror attacks in the Balkans.
The prosecutor's office in Kosovo, in remarks reported by news portal Insajderi.com, said the seven had links to other extremists across the Balkans.
Albania and its northeastern neighbour Kosovo, both Muslim-majority republics, have among the highest per capita number of citizens who have left to wage extremism in Syria and Iraq.
Both countries have amended their criminal code to make participation in armed conflicts abroad punishable from 10-year to life imprisonment.
In May nine men, including radical imams, were sentenced by an Albanian court to prison terms of up to 18 years for financing and recruiting fighters for extremist groups in Syria.
Last Mod: 08 Kasım 2016, 13:11