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Spy agency warns of possible terrorist attack in Czech Republic

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BIS identifies at least seven men in the Czech Republic who had ties to Islamic State

By BOHEMIST STAFF

PRAGUE – Counter-intelligence service Security Information Service (BIS), yesterday said that there is a a threat of a potential attack by Islamic radicals on Czech territory.

The local agency warned of worsening security among European countries including the Czech Republic and that it has detected activity from terrorist groups such as Islamic State (IS) and Al-Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, from within the country, according to a report issued yesterday.

“The screening of the names of thousands of extremists revealed that in 2015 some of them transited via the Czech Republic on their travels between the Middle East and Western Europe,” states the report. “Set in a wider context it is clear that a potential threat of a terrorist attack conducted by Islamist jihadists linked to the so-called Islamic State (IS) or to the Al-Nusra Front (the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) is present also in the Czech Republic.”

The report comes amid increased acts of terrorism in Europe, particularly in France and Germany.

BIS also said that it has received word of efforts among people in the Czech Republic to join IS in Syria. Last month, a local mechanic caught attempting to join the Islamic State (IS) in January was formally charged with attempted terrorism by a regional court in Plzen yesterday, becoming the first Czech citizen to be charged with the crime.

“In the majority of cases, the views they expressed were a symptom of mental instability, frustration or a disorder,” BIS states in its annual report.

“In total, seven individuals from the Muslim world, who shortly stayed in the Czech Republic, were identified. The return of these individuals to the EU would pose a serious security threat in relation to their involvement in terrorist attacks. The BIS shared obtained information with national and international partners.”

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