Saturday, October 29, 2011
The raids came as 17 suspected Muslim associates of the shooter, all said to be members of the ultraconservative Wahhabi Muslim sect, were arrested in Serbia.
A convoy of police vehicles entered the isolated northern village of Gornja Maoca, known to be inhabited by many Wahhabis Muslims, and officers wearing black masks and camouflage uniforms surrounded several houses, according to an Associated Press video. The reporter saw the security forces enter some homes before officers asked him to leave.
“This morning at 5am a [police] operation was launched against the extremist Islamist Wahhabi movement in the territory of Novi Pazar, Sjenica and Tutin,” Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic told the Tanjug news agency. All three towns are in southwestern Serbia with large Muslim communities.
“Seventeen people were arrested, one of them from Bosnia,” Serbian police chief Milorad Veljovic told the private B92 TV channel. The arrests came after the attack on the US embassy by a Serbian national with ties to the local Wahhabi community, a radical branch of Islam. “Police will determine whether there is a need to detain more people,” Veljovic said.
The suspected radical Islamist, a Serb national from Novi Pazar identified by Bosnian police as Mevlid Jasarevic, was wounded and arrested after opening fire on Friday on the US embassy in Sarajevo. A police guard was wounded in the attack.
PRIOR RAID AND MUSLIM ARRESTS…Serbia: Eleven Muslims jailed for terror plots.Belgrade, 3 July 2011 (AKI) – A special Belgrade court on Friday sentenced 11 members of a radical Islamic Wahabi movement to more than 60 years in prison after they were found guilty of planning terrorist activities and illegal weapons possession.
Fifteen members of the group were arrested in Serbia’s southern Sandzak region, which has a substantial Muslim population. The trial started in January last year but 12 members of the group refused to engage defence lawyers, saying they did not recognise a Serbian court and could be “judged only by Allah”.
Leader of the group, Senad Ramovic, was sentenced to 13 years, while another ten members received from six months to eight years in jail. Three members of the group were acquitted and one is being tried separately. The group operated a terrorist training camp on Ninaja mountain near Sandzak’s regional centre of Novi Pazar and police discovered a large cache of weapons, explosives and ammunition at the camp.
Police also discovered maps and photos of buildings they were planning to blow up including the US embassy in Belgrade. According to the indictment, the group also planned to kill the head of Islamic Community in Sandzak Muamer Zukorlic, after accusing him of being a CIA agent.
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