SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia relate they’ve arrested three males on suspicion of planning terrorist assaults within the country and dangle seized a super quantity of weapons in raids in five locations within the country’s north.
Police acknowledged on Tuesday the three males, one worn 22 and the others worn 25, had beforehand been convicted of participation within the Islamic Explain militant neighborhood and had served jail sentences on their return from the Heart East.
They were arrested on suspicion of making and participating in a “legal cell, per the ideological matrix of the ISIS terrorist organization, with the map of conducting a terrorist act on targets within the territory of the Republic of Northern Macedonia,” police acknowledged. No particular targets were talked about.
The neighborhood members allegedly offered monetary blueprint and procured a super quantity of weapons, ammunition and army tools, which they hid come a boulevard within the northern village of Biljanovce, authorities acknowledged.
Police acknowledged they seized five computerized rifles, a machine gun, 18 ammunition belts for computerized rifles, eight grenade launchers with fuses, conceal vests and an ISIS flag with an Arabic inscription from the positioning.
One other three raids within the northern town of Kumanovo and one within the capital Skopje ended in the seizure of two handmade belts filled with explosives, steel ball bearings, two hand grenade launchers and other objects.
The three dangle been charged with terrorism and making a terrorist organization. If tried and convicted of every prices, they face a total of up to 15 years in jail.
In 2016, authorities estimated that some 150 Macedonian nationals had traveled to fight alongside Islamic insurgents in Iraq and Syria. Most were from the country’s mainly Muslim ethnic Albanian minority, which represents about one-fourth of North Macedonia’s population of 2.1 million folks.