Bosnian Police Search for Two More Algerians Linked to Bin Laden
Bosnian police have issued arrest warrants for another two Algerians believed linked to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network, an official said Wednesday.
Tomislav Limov, the deputy interior minister for the Muslim-Croat half of Bosnia, told AFP another 15 Algerians and Egyptians were under police investigation for possible terror links.
Last month Bosnian police arrested five Algerians and a naturalized Bosnian citizen of Algerian or Yemeni origin on suspicion of having ties to al-Qaeda and being behind security threats to US interests in the country.
"The arrest warrants have been issued for two Algerians believed to be linked with the group of currently detained Algerians," Limov said. The warrants were issued last month.
"We don't know for sure if the two are still in Bosnia", he added.
Although the group is suspected of being linked with al-Qaeda, Limov said that Bosnian authorities were not excluding possible connections with "other terrorist organisations such as the GIA" or Armed Islamic Group, one of the main extremist movements in Algeria's civil war.
The two Algerians were among 17 people put under police investigation last month for possible links with terrorism, Limov said. Nine of the suspects are Egyptians and the rest Algerian.
Limov said earlier that police had been informed by the United States and other foreign intelligence services that the suspects had "committed some terrorist act or are planning to carry one out" -- SARAJEVO, (AFP)
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