Bosnia: Arrested leader of radical Islamist Wahabi movement
last update: January 25, 17:38
Sarajevo, 25 Jan. (AKI) – Bosnian police on Wednesday arrested the leader of a radical Islamist Wahabi movement accused of recently carrying out several terrorist acts in the country, local media reported.
In a raid in the northeastern mountain village of Gornja Maoca, the center of Wahabi community in Bosnia, the police arrested Nusret Imamovic and his brother Eldin in connection with the attacks. which include a bombing of a police station in western town of Bugojno and an attack on the US embassy to Sarajevo last October.
Among the attacks was bombing of a police station in western town of Bugojno and an attack on US embassy to Sarajevo last October. The attack on American embassy was allegedly carried out by Wahabi member Mevlid Jasarevic, who was reportedly trained in Gornja Maoca.
Jasarevic is accused of firing several rounds from a Kalashnikov at the embassy, but no diplomats were hurt. One policeman was wounded in the incident before Jasarevic was hit by a sniper bullet and subdued. He was detained and is awaiting trial in Sarajevo.
The radical Wahabi movement originated in 17th century in Saudi Arabia and was brought to Bosnia by mujahadeen who came from Islamic countries to fight on the side of local Muslims in 1992-1995 war.
According to intelligence reports, many remained in the country after the war, indoctrinating local youths with radical Islam and even operated terrorist training camps on several locations in Bosnia
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