Bosnia arrests man who fought in Syria

Bosnian police arrest a terrorist. File photo

Two Bosnians, one of whom fought in Syria, were arrested on Tuesday in connection with an assault on a police station, by a man shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest), that left one officer and the gunman dead as well as two policemen wounded.

Though the precise motive is not yet known, the attack on Monday evening in the eastern, mainly ethnic Serb, town of Zvornik has revived fears of radical Islam in Bosnia, where authorities estimate that up to 200 Muslims have fought alongside militants in Syria and Iraq.

The assailant, 24-year-old Muslim Bosniak Nerdin Ibric, was killed in an exchange of fire as he stormed into the police station.

Bosnian Security Minister Dragan Mektic said a person, who had fought in Syria and had been in contact with Ibric, has been detained”. A second person regarded by authorities as “extremely radical” has also been questioned.

“We are trying to determine what drove this person to commit this act of terrorism,” Mektic said of the detained man.


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