Analysis 20 Jun 17

Bosnia Ponders Terror Threat as Interpol Seeks Suspects

The number of Bosnian citizens wanted by Interpol on terrorism-related charges has risen to 13, but locals and analysts are divided about whether the country itself is in danger of attacks.

Danijel Kovacevic
BIRN
Sarajevo
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The number of Bosnian citizens wanted on Interpol ‘red notices’ rose by two to 13 at the weekend, but there is no real consensus in the country over whether there is a genuine threat of an attack at home.

“I think this is a serious problem and it is only a matter of time before they will hit Bosnia again. You just can’t control those radicals in the remote villages. Police don’t go there. I am really afraid,” said Gorana, a 29-year-old accountant from Bijeljina.

But Miro, a 21-year-old student at the Faculty of political Science in Banja Luka, told BIRN that he does not believe Bosnia is a “high-profile target”.

“So I am not afraid of some major attack with lots of casualties like recently in Britain or earlier in France. But I believe that the threat is real,” he said.

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