Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Largest Police Raid in Bosnia since 92-95 War

Most of the world has forgotten about this place - which will likely be a source of future regret.

Office spokesman Boris Grubesic said police detained seven people — six Bosnians and one foreigner whose nationality he didn't reveal. Mr. Grubesic also said officers confiscated weapons, computers and DVDs.
The isolated village is home to ethnic Bosnian families belonging to the Wahhabi sect — an austere brand of Sunni Islam adopted by the Taliban, Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda fighters. Some of the villagers had fought in Bosnia's war.
About 600 police officers raided the village looking for people suspected of "jeopardizing Bosnia's constitutional order and spreading national, racial and religious hatred," the prosecutor's office said in a statement.
Several police vehicles were seen leaving the area with some of the residents sitting in back seats, among them the leader of the community, Nusret Imamovic.
The residents were hostile toward reporters who entered the village after the police left. They asked the media to leave immediately and escorted their convoy out of the village.

"Escorted," I bet.

A little background on Nusret Imamovic:
One such radical is Nusret Imamovic, a naturalized Austrian citizen living between Vienna and the northern Bosnian village of Gornja Maoca, near the city of Brcko. Imamovic founded a small Wahhabi community in Gornja Maoca, where journalists and non-Wahhabis are not welcome. Children there do not attend the public schools, but are instead given lectures held by Imamovic in accordance with a Jordanian school program. While in Vienna, Imamovic is said to frequently visit Porca's offices and attend his sermons.

Imamovic became better known to the Bosnian public when he and six other Wahhabis, three of them Austrian citizens, assaulted Bosnian Serb Mihajlo Kisic in Brcko in 2006. After a short trial, the seven were given symbolic sentences on parole and some of them returned to Vienna. Among the seven was another Wahhabi cleric, Effendi Nedzad Balkan (also known as Ebu Muhammed), a Vienna-born Serbian Muslim, the leader of Vienna’s Sahaba Mosque and the alleged financier of the Serbia-based Sandzak Wahhabis.

Connecting these radicals and following their movements from Bosnia to Vienna, it may have caused little surprise when a Bosnian man was arrested in Vienna in early October after attempting to enter the U.S. Embassy with a backpack of explosives. The man was Bosnian refugee Asim Cejvanovic, a 41-year-old with a history of mental illness. During questioning, Cejvanovic named another Bosnian man, Mehmed Djudjic, as the one who gave him the explosives and instructed him to enter the embassy.

The leader of Gornja Maoca Muslims, Nusret Imamovic, says that suicide attacks are not prohibited to pious and Allah-loving Muslims.