Islamic State secretly buying land in the heart of Europe
The IS is secretly buying land near an isolated village in Bosnia in the heart of Europe which could be a base for devastating terror attacks on the...
The IS is secretly buying land near an isolated village in Bosnia in the heart of Europe which could be a base for devastating terror attacks on the West, a media report said on Sunday.
At least 12 IS fighters trained in the village of Osve have left for Syria in recent months and five are reported to be dead, a Sunday Mirror investigation said. Crucially, the location gives IS a key strategic position due to its proximity to the Mediterranean which is used by extremists from Syria, Iraq and North Africa. Security services think the area in Bosnia is used for IS training camps and could be a base for devastating terror attacks.
Counter-terrorism expert Dzevad Galijasevic said: “From this village a large number of people went to Syria and are going constantly.” “The chosen location of some of the properties is on a hill, where there is no possibility to approach without being seen. It is clear that the source of the terrorist threat is right there. It is a major threat,” he said, adding: “There is no one there who isn’t ready to respond to the summons to jihad.”
The newspaper said the hilltop village is not mapped by GPS and is only accessible by steep and winding roads barely wide enough for cars to pass. A number of houses there appear to have been abandoned or only half built and it is not overlooked by any other settlement.