Bosnian police arrest alleged Daesh supporters
Six men were arrested in several cities in Bosnia on Wednesday, two of whom were ready to leave for Syria. (AFP/File)
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Bosnian police officers arrested six men who were suspected of supporting ISIS (Daesh) on Wednesday, the AP reported. Two were believed to have plans to go to Syria and fight with the jihadist group.
Boris Grubesic, spokesman for the state prosecution office, told the AP the arrests were made in several cities in cooperation with intelligence.
A leader of the salafi movement in Bosnia, Husein Bosnic, was arrested last year and currently waiting trial for recruiting young Muslims to fight in Syria. There is an estimated 200 people who have left in support of Daesh, according to the AP.
Part of the political unrest in Bosnia is believed to have come from political unrest and frustration over the economy, terrorist expert Vlado Azinovic told the AP. Azinovic said the salafi movement is "exploiting" the economic situation when over 40 percent of Bosnians are currently unemployed.
The salafi movement began in the '90s when Muslim Bosnians fought against the Serbs and Croats, but today salafism is affiliated with jihadist groups such as Daesh.
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