ISIS members arrested in Kosovo

ISIS members arrested in Kosovo

Pristina, 13 July 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

In the early hours of Sunday, Kosovo’s police arrested three people suspected of being ISIS members.

The arrested men are Besnik Latifi, Gazmend Halilaj and Milazim Haxhiaj, who are suspected of attempting to poison the water of one of the reservoirs of this lake, with the aim of causing great damage, which would claim the lives of many people.

IBNA learns that Kosovo police has found in the suspects’ possession flags, gloves, masks and a liquid substance which is suspected to be poison.

Although the suspects have denied all these allegations, the prosecution suspects that they were preparing terrorist acts.

Prosecution moved for the suspects to be remanded into custody for 30 days, while the court is expected to issue the decision today.

Meanwhile, during the first hearing, the suspects said that there is no proof against them.

In the meantime, experts of security affairs says that Kosovo is not really threatened by Islamic State, because the group attacks countries that have an international influence.

Florian Qehaja, head of the Kosovo Center for Security Studies, says that the Balkan, and Kosovo even less, is not threatened by ISIS.

“First of all, I believe that there’s no imminent danger by the so called ISIS group in Western Balkan, for many reasons. The first reason relates to the fact that ISIS attacks countries that have international influence. I think that ISIS would target western countries. ISIS final scope is to sow fear and insecurity in the European countries and beyond”, Qehaja says. /ibna/