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Kosovo Court Orders Seven Detained On Suspicion Of Plotting Islamist Terrorist Attacks

Israel warned this week that the Islamic State group has been planning terrorist attacks in the Balkans, including at soccer matches.

A Kosovo court has ordered seven people suspected of plotting Islamist terrorist attacks to be detained for a month.

The local Kosovo tribunal did not elaborate November 11 on when and how the suspects were arrested.

Those detained also planned attacks in Kosovo "against international and other security institutions," a tribunal statement said.

Their aim was to "seriously intimidate the population, destabilize and destroy structures and then establish an Islamic state," it added.

The tribunal said they were plotting "terrorist attacks" with their counterparts from Albania and Macedonia against the same targets in the two countries.

The order follows a series of arrests in Kosovo and neighboring Albania and Macedonia in which a total of 15 suspected Islamic extremists have been detained.

Earlier this week Israel said the Islamic State extremist group had been planning attacks in the Balkans and specifically warned its citizens not to attend the upcoming Israel-Albania football match on November 12.

Based on reporting by AFP