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Albania Minister Receives Emailed Terror Threat

An email sent to the private address of Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri says Albania will be the next country after France to be attacked for its role in the war on terror.

Fatjona Mejdini BIRN Tirana
An email sent to the private address of Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri

Albanian Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri on Saturday said he had received a threatening message via his personal email about a terrorist attack in Albania.

The short message writes that Albania will be the next country to be attacked by Islamic State in revenge for Albania's involvement in the war on terror.

"Now is your turn. The holy war has started against all those who are involved in the war against the Islamic State. You are going to shake and kneel in front of Allah. Allahu Akhbar," the email reportedly said.

The name of the group who sent the email is "Brigadat e Kuqe" or The Red Brigade.

The name was identified for the first time on the eve of the Albania-Serbia football match, when group then sent threatening emails about the Serbian football team , calling them an enemy organisation.

Police sources told BIRN that they were investigating the message sent to Tahiri.

Following Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris, Albanian police said they had tightened security measures and urged citizens to report anything suspicious that they might see.

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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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