Bosnian police launch raids against Islamic extremism

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Posted: May 06, 2015 8:46 AM

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian Serb authorities say they detained several people linked to radical Islamic movements and suspected of recruiting potential fighters for the Islamic State group.

Police have been raiding locations throughout the Bosnian Serb part of the country on Wednesday, also confiscating weapons, ammunition and propaganda material aimed to encourage Bosnian citizens to join fighters in Syria.

Some of the raided homes belong to people who are already fighting there, police said. They didn't give a number of how many people have been detained so far.

The operation comes after a Muslim gunman killed one policeman and wounded two others as he stormed into a police station in northeast Bosnia yelling "Allahu akbar" last week. He was killed during the shootout. Investigators believe the 24-year-old gunman was linked to Islamic extremists.