Terror Claims Are Unsubstantiated, Government Officials Say

Zvizdić said such allegations were unfounded and politically motivated and could damage Bosnia investment- and tourism-wise.

“ISIS flags are not flying in Bosnia,” Zvizdić told reporters.

Croatia didn’t share any intelligence it might have on terror threats in Bosnia

Czech President Miloš Zeman said earlier this month that there was a risk ISIS may form its European base in Bosnia, where “ISIS black flags are already flying in several towns”. Also, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović said that “thousands of fighters return to Bosnia from Syria and Iraq”, while Croatian weekly Globus put the number of radicalized Bosnian Muslims at between 5,000 and 10,000.

Zvizdić said that no persons with Bosnian links were involved in any of recent 143 acts of terrorism in Europe and world blamed on ISIS. He also said Croatia didn’t share any intelligence it might have on terror threats in Bosnia.

Since 2012, 240 Bosnian nationals left the country to join ISIS

Minister Mektić said that Bosnia doesn’t have a bigger problem with radicalism than other European countries have. When it comes to detected terror threats in the country, he said that those were mostly not homegrown but foreign, as in foreign nationals, suspected of spreading radical ideologies, trying to enter the country.

Asked by a reporter about the number of potential terrorists in Bosnia, the security minister said that such figures are unavailable because police agencies don’t work like that.

Since 2012, 240 Bosnian nationals left the country to join ISIS. 116 are presumably still in Syria and Iraq. Out of 44 who had returned to Bosnia, 23 were jailed.

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