In a move to flush out suspected terrorists who pose a security threat to the country, Bosnian police on Tuesday launched a major raid in a village home to radical Islamists.
Reportedly, security officers blocked off the village of Gornja Maoca in northern Brcko district on Tuesday morning, which has the largest Wahhabi community in Bosnia. The operation, which included 600 police officers from both Bosnia‘s autonomous regions, the Serb Republic and the Muslim-Croat federation, forms the largest security operation since the end of the Bosnian 1992-95 war.
According to information by the State Prosecutor, the goal of the operation, codenamed ‘Light’, was “to locate and prosecute individuals suspected of undermining the territorial integrity and constitutional order and inciting ethnic, racial or religious hatred and intolerance”.
According to the Associated Press, among the residents of Gorjna Maoca village there are at least 100 Islamic fighters, who struggled against Serbs and Croats during the Bosnian war. After the war they established their own Wahhabi community in the village and attracted many young Bosnian Muslims over the last years.
The operation was still in progress on Tuesday afternoon, but a local television channel reported that police had already found a large cache of arms and ammunition during the raid.