CIA and Bosnia authorities cooperating in anti-terror fight

The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, who arrived in Sarajevo on Friday unannounced, informed the senior officials of local law enforcement and security authorities of Washington's full support to Bosnia and Herzegovina's fight against terrorism, according to local media outlets.

"We have received support and we are reassured that we can count on cooperation with CIA and on exchange of data," the Bosnian Croat-Muslim Federation's Interior Minister Aljosa Campara said after the meeting in Sarajevo.

The CIA Director arrived in Sarajevo from Riyadh and held talks with Bosnia's representatives on the struggle against terrorism.

The chief of police of the Federation entity's Interior Ministry, Dragan Lukac, said in Sarajevo on Friday that police in Bosnia and Herzegovina were undertaking comprehensive steps to suppress the terror threat and prevent possible attacks, but the threat was real and the state must face the challenge of finding a permanent solution,

A register of persons with ties to radical Islamic groups has been compiled and they are under surveillance, Lukac told reporters. "Those persons pose a very serious security threat."

The number of Bosnian citizens who stayed in Syria and Iraq varies from 200 to 250, although the figure does not refer only to fighters but their families too, according to police information. About 50 persons have returned and Lukac said the number of those leaving for those countries was markedly decreasing.

"More importantly, we have created an overview of the activity of radical communities," he said, adding that police had collected lots of information on potential security threats, identifying radical communities, their members and how they act.

Last update: Sat, 23/04/2016 - 11:25

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