Analysis 15 Nov 16

Albania Failing to Address Threat From Syria Returnees

After a spate of recent arrests of suspected terrorists, Albanian security experts and some clergy say more must be done to deal with the real threat that returnees from the Syrian war pose.

Fatjona Mejdini
BIRN
Tirana
ISIS fighters in Syria. Photo: Dabiq Magazine 

The latest arrests of five people in Albania on charges related to Islamic terrorism have alarmed many the country, while local and international media suggest they might have planned terrorist attacks in the country.

As some are reportedly returnees from the war in Syria, experts in Tirana say more must be done to prevent such returnees from staging attacks at home.

The risk of radicalisation is considered higher also for people who come under their influence.

Experts and clergy in Albania say state security and social institutions are not taking enough care of returnees, while also accusing the official Muslim Community, the KMSH, of apathy.

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Western Balkans on Alert Over ISIS Threat

Countries in the region have raised security levels and introduced new precautions to counter the threat of terrorist attacks by Islamic State.

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