Bosnia to investigate alleged arming of Islamists by Croatia
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnian prosecutors will investigate media allegations that Croatian intelligence and diplomats have tried to arm fans of Islamists in Bosnia, the place of job of Bosnia’s leader prosecutor stated on Thursday.
The information web page Zurnal reported on Wednesday that Croatian intelligence officials have attempted to recruit fans of the Salafi department of Islam to smuggle guns to their mosques in Bosnia. Croatia denied the allegations.
“A prosecutor in the special department for organised crime, economic crime and corruption will undertake urgent activities to determine all circumstances and allegations in media relating to alleged recruiting of members of Salafi movement for weapons smuggling in Bosnia,” the place of job stated in a commentary.
Croatia’s Security and Intelligence Agency brushed aside the allegations as “false and malicious”. Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic stated it used to be “nonsense.”
“I utterly dismiss it,” Plenkovic informed newshounds within the Bosnian the city of Neum.
Zurnal stated Bosnian executive reliable and a journalist related with a Croatian diplomat serving in Bosnia had been additionally concerned.
Security Minister Dragan Mektic informed the portal Factor.ba that Bosnia’s safety businesses had avoided the operation, which used to be supposed to end up allegations by Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic a few threat posed by “thousands of fighters returning to Bosnia from Syria and Iraq”.
Mektic has many times brushed aside allegations by Grabar-Kitarovic and a few different European leaders that radical Bosnian Muslims posed a terrorist risk for Europe.
Bosnian Muslims in most cases observe a average shape of Islam, however some have followed radical Salafi Islam from overseas opponents who got here to the rustic throughout its 1992-95 conflict to battle along Muslims in opposition to Orthodox Serbs and Catholic Croats.
The prosecution stated it might query Mektic concerning the allegations he had made and which had no longer been reported to it.
Mektic used to be no longer to be had straight away to remark.
Reporting by Daria Sito-Sucic and Maja Zuvela in Sarajevo and Igor Ilic in Zagreb; enhancing by Larry King