Terrorist ISIL flags appear in Bosnian village: Report
The appearance of flags and emblems of the ISIL terrorist group on houses in a northeastern Bosnian village has raised concerns about the dangers posed by Takfiri militants returning from Syria and Iraq to the European state.
On Wednesday, photos emerged showing ISIL flags flying from several homes in the village of Gornja Maoca and symbols painted on a woodshed.
Bosnia’s state prosecution, however, said Thursday that security forces had been dispatched to the village to remove the flags and symbols, but that they came back empty-handed.
“During the activities undertaken, ISIL flags were not found displayed,” the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) said, without giving further details.
The village, which is said to be home to people with a Wahhabi ideology, has been raided by police several times over the past years due to suspected links with radical groups.
Police say up to 180 Bosnians, including women and children, have left the country to join ISIL terrorists fighting in Syria and Iraq.
Bosnia’s Islamic Community has denounced those joining ISIL to fight in Iraq and Syria.
In April 2014, Bosnia passed a bill introducing prison terms of up to 10 years for Bosnians who join terrorist groups and for those who recruit them.
The Takfiri terrorist groups, with members from several Western countries, control swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, and have been carrying out horrific acts of violence such as public decapitations and crucifixions against all communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.
Several thousand militants have traveled from Europe to Syria to join the ISIL group. Many of them have reportedly crossed the Turkish border into Syria.