Police self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo, announced on Thursday, 17 November, on the prevention of two simultaneous attacks, which were prepared by members of the group Islamic state (DAISH, banned in Russia), including the attack on the Israeli national team on football conducted the match in neighbouring Albania, according to AP.
In a statement published on the website of the Kosovo police, said that the operation conducted by the Office for combating terrorism in cooperation with the Kosovo intelligence Agency (KIA) and the Special Prosecutor’s office Kosovo.
4 November in Kosovo was arrested 19 people – 18 of Kosovo’s citizens and one citizen of the Republic of Macedonia. One of the suspects had to be released, remaining detained for 30 days. Then Albania and Macedonia announced the arrest of six people.
According to law enforcement authorities, the suspects planned to attack Saturday’s match in Albania and at the same time another terrorist act in Kosovo. In their homes found explosive devices, weapons, and “religious materials and literature, written by authors known as the ideologues of extremism.”
In all three countries is coordinated by two Albanians who belong to the terrorist group from Syria. The police said that the terrorists had “clear goals, who was to be attacked”.
In the end, the venue of the qualifying match for the world Cup has been changed “for safety reasons”: it was moved from the Northern city of Shkoder, near the border with Montenegro, in Elbasan, close to the capital, Tirana. Israel won the match with the score 3:0.
Kosovo and Albanian authorities claim that in 2016, their citizens no longer had joined militants in Syria and Iraq, but tens of them are still engaged in hostilities.
Recall that the pair from Albania helped the terrorist Mohamed Bully, the executor of the terrorist attack in nice on 14 July, the responsibility for which was assumed by “the Islamic state”. Them accuse that they have provided Bulela a gun from which he fired on police before he was killed.