feature 28 Aug 15

Vienna-Based ‘Wahhabist’ Causes Headache for Serbia

A preacher accused of recruiting fighters for ISIS at the Furqan in Novi Pazar, in Serbia's southwest Sandzak region, says claims that he recruits Islamist fighters are wrong.

Zoran Maksimovic
BIRN
Novi Pazar

As concerns grow over an increased ISIS presence in the mainly Bosniak southwestern town of Novi Pazar in Serbia, a controversial religious leader, Adem Demirovic, has denied recruiting fighters for Syria and Iraq in the region.

Demirovic, who Serbian secret services consider a member of the radical Wahhabi community in Vienna, returned to his hometown of Novi Pazar some weeks ago.

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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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