Three men and a woman are suspected in the Kosovar capital Pristina of planning Islamist attacks. Not only would they have targeted a Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo, but according to the indictment they also had plans for attacks in Belgium and France. Two of the four also have a Belgian passport.
The arrest of two people was already announced at the beginning of June. Since then, two more people have been arrested, and the whole group is now under suspicion. The French press agency AFP was able to inspect the deed of indictment.
The attack on a church in the Kosovar city of Mitrovica was the most concrete plan. That attack was thwarted by the arrest, as is stated in the indictment. In addition, there would also have been plans for attacks in two discotheques in the Serbian enclave of Gracanica and an attack against the NATO force in Kosovo (KFOR). There are also plans for attacks in France and Belgium, but without further specification.
The 26-year-old Bujar B. was arrested in September. He is considered the leader. He would have stated during the investigation that the intention was to “attack groups of people who came together for religious festivals”.
Bujar B. also has Belgian nationality. The same applies to the 26-year-old Gramos S., who was arrested in June. The 25-year-old Edona H. and the 26-year-old Resim K. were arrested that month.
According to the indictment, Bujar B. would also be one of the organizers of a thwarted attack against the Israeli national football team during a match in Albania in November 2016. In the meantime, eight other Islamists were convicted. They received cell sentences of up to ten years.