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Terrorist bases in Bosnia

BANJA LUKA -- Security Agencies in Bosnia-Herzegovina are investigating possible terrorist groups in the region.

According to Banja Luka daily Nezavisne Novine, who quote unnamed sources, the Bosnia-Herzegovina Security Agencies are investigating individuals and groups who may be plotting terrorist attacks. The informal leader of the former Mujehadin community in the village of Bocinja in central Bosnia, Al Hussein Imad, known as Abu Hamza, threatened that the recent revoking of illegally received Bosnian citizenship from Muslim supporters could result in protests, blockades and various other forms of unrest.

It is hard to say how many of the almost 6,000 Mujehadins who fought in the Al Mujehadin brigades during the war were given Bosnian citizenship. It is estimated that several hundreds of them now have Bosnian passports. Much of Europe is in fear of such groups, especially after the arrests of a number of suspects who were preparing terrorist actions in several countries, Bosnia-Herzegovina included, at the end of last year.

According to Sky News, the greatest number of Mujehadins living in Bosnia came from the Near East. Many of them received new passports under new names.

Western Security Agencies are pressuring Bosnia-Herzegovina to find and run checks on these people, who may be in contact with the three citizens that were arrested on suspicions of terrorism in Sweden last year. Seven more people were then arrested in Sarajevo under similar suspicions. Kevin Carty, the European Union's deputy police chief in Bosnia-Herzegovina, said that those who were arrested had ammunition, explosives and fire arms which they were planning on using, perhaps in Bosnia, and perhaps in other countries as well. "They were planning some kind of terrorist activity and that is what worries us, that people in Bosnia-Herzegovina are involved in this." Carty said.

The information of some international security services claims that there are some people responsible for the September 11 attack on the US hiding out in Bosnia, for example Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who was wounded in the Bosnian war. Former Republic of Srpska Internal Affairs Minister Darko Matijasevic, said that that much time has been wasted in arresting the most extreme Mujehadins because of a lack of communication and unity between the different entities in Bosnia-Herzegovina. "The main goal is to infiltrate the community and create a number of elements regarding logistical support for operative units, leaders and individuals who pose potential threats to Europe." Matijasevic said.

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