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Kosovo makes arrests in push to stem flow of fighters to Syria, Iraq

Kosovo makes arrests in push to stem flow of fighters to Syria, Iraq
Local media reported that an influential imam of the Grand Mosque in the capital, Pristina, was among those arrested, as was the leader of an Islamic-rooted political party.

Most of Kosovo’s 1.8 million people are ethnic Albanian Muslims and lead largely secular lives. A police source, who spoke on condition of anonymity said, ‘We have arrested 15 people from all over the country. The charges include terrorism, threatening the constitutional order, incitement and religious hate speech.’

A police spokesman said ‘some people’ had been arrested in an operation launched in the morning, but declined to elaborate.The swoop follows the Aug. 11 arrest of 40 people on suspicion of fighting in Iraq and Syria or recruiting insurgents.
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