Kosovo police arrest 40 for fighting in Iraq, Syria

The 40 men were being questioned on suspicion of engaging in acts against Kosovo's constitutional order and endangering the safety and security of the state

Kosovo police arrest 40 for fighting in Iraq, Syria

World Bulletin/News Desk

Kosovo police arrested 40 men on Monday on suspicion of having fought with insurgents in Syria and Iraq, a crackdown aimed at deterring recruitment of volunteer fighters, authorities in the small Balkan state said.

They said explosives, weapons and ammunition of various calibre was seized in the major police operation.

The 40 men were being questioned on suspicion of engaging in acts against Kosovo's constitutional order and endangering the safety and security of the state, a police statement said.

Local media said an 18-year-old man from eastern Kosovo was killed in fighting in Syria last week, raising the total number of Kosovo Albanians killed in fighting in Iraq and Syria to 16.

A Kosovo intelligence source who asked not to be identified said an estimated 100-200 citizens were believed to have gone to Syria and Iraq for the purpose of combat so far.

Kosovo's parliament is expected to pass legislation soon banning citizens from joining foreign insurgencies, with a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison on conviction.

A number of European countries including Britain, France and the Netherlands have begun cracking down on citizens, mainly of an immigrant background, going to join rebels in Syria and Iraq.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Ağustos 2014, 12:09

Muhammed Öylek

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