CONSIDERING that a very strong and well-connected network of radical Islamists, jihadists and terrorists has been developing in Kosovo and Metohija for years, especially since the arrival of international forces, which are linked to similar organizations in the region, it is quite normal for the US Embassy and State Department to issue warning of the possibility of terrorist attacks, says the president of the parliamentary committee for Kosovo and Metohija, Milovan Drecun.
– There is a capacity for terrorist attacks in Kosovo (and Metohija) – Drecun emphasizes and points out that in addition to a strong Islamist network, there are also many jihadist returnees from the battlefield, as well as individuals who were on those battlefields but remained in Kosovo due to the migrant wave. and Metohija.
International institutions in Kosovo and Metohija warned their employees to avoid crowds and large shopping malls in the province, and the US mission in Pristina informed the State Department on November 22 that “terrorist groups continue to plan possible attacks in the Balkan region, including Kosovo.” (and Metohija) “.
The State Department’s warning came a few days before the armed attack in Glodjan, when two students and a driver in a local bus were killed on Friday night.
Drecun adds that there have already been similar warnings and that they have been quite stereotypical in the past.
– But this time it is a warning that the so-called ‘lone wolf’, ie someone who is indoctrinated by radical Islamist ideology and is ready to undertake certain attacks alone, and not as a member of a terrorist organization, and it was said to be monitored. Citizens have been warned, especially foreigners, not to go to certain places that have been identified as a possible target of the attack of that lone wolf – says Drecun.
Asked whether the warning of the American embassy was in any way connected with the terrorist attack in Glodjani, which happened a few days after the announcement, Drecun answered that at this moment there is no information about the perpetrator and who is behind it.
A warning to Americans and others
According to Drecun, the State Department issues such statements primarily because of US citizens who could be at the sites of terrorist attacks.
– Of course, when such a statement is made public, it is available to everyone who could possibly be endangered in the event of a terrorist attack. They primarily refer to the citizens of the USA, but they are also publicly available to everyone who is interested in the position of the State Department – Drecun concluded.
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