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Serbian terrorism expert receives death threats from extremists in Bosnia: "Help us God to erase Trifunovic and his entire family from the earth... help us that all Muslims finish him"
Trifunovic, a professor at Belgrade University, said he has cancelled plans to attend the 11th European police congress in Berlin, after reporting death threats from alleged extremists in Bosnia.
Trifunovic, who has used the term “white Al-Qaeda”, to describe young European Muslims recruited by Islamic terrorist organisations, has been most outspoken on the activities of Islamic extremists in Bosnia and their links to Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda.
“I’m not panicky, but I do feel in danger,” Trifunovic told Adnkronos International (AKI) in an exclusive interview.
He said he had decided to avoid the Berlin congress on the urging of his friends and associates, after a threatening message was posted on a Bosnian extremist website, www.bosnaji.net.
“Help us God to erase Trifunovic and his entire family from the earth,” the message said.
“If Darko Trifunovic goes to the 11th Police Congress in Berlin, God help us that all Muslims finish him,” it added.
Individuals like Trifunovic should be harassed and discredited by all means “and to the very end, until others dare not show up to talk about terrorism” the message continued.
The website is based in New York and its editor Esad Krcic had written to the Berlin congress organisers urging them to ban Trifunovic, saying he was spreading ideology of hate and lies against Muslims.
But the congress said on its website Trifunovic had informed the organisers he was not able to attend because he “received very dangerous death threats” and had “decided not to expose himself and endanger the congress”.
The site has been closed after Trifunovic made the threats public claiming it had been attacked by hackers.
Trifunovic said Bosnjaci.net was glorifying Muslim extremists, such as Sakib Mahmuljin, whom he accused of being a “high ranking Bosnian Al-Qaeda member, and imam of a Sarajevo King Fahd mosque, Nezim Halilovic Muderis.
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Trifunovic estimated that up to 40,000 Muslims had been indoctrinated with radical Islam in Bosnia. But he said there are also active Wahabi cells in Sandzak, Serbia’s breakaway Kosovo province and other areas with substantial Muslim communities.
“If only one per cent of these individuals is prepared for the most radical forms of terrorism, the international community should be seriously concerned,” Trifunovic said.“We are no longer talking about foreign mujahadeen, who have more or less finished their work in Bosnia, but about a ‘small army’ of local followers, with strong logistics, who are recruiting new members and spreading fear."
AKI, January 21, 2008
Muslim gunman opens fire outside US embassy in Sarajevo, indiscriminately shooting at civilians and police officers. At his first court appearance he says "I do not recognize your court. It is worthless before Allah"
Dramatic pictures show the heavily bearded gunman calmly walking the streets clutching his semi automatic weapon before indiscriminately shooting at civilians and police officers.
And the Bosnian president has told reporters he believes the shooting spree in front of the embassy was terrorist attack.
Pictures taken at the scene show the gunman chillingly approach the embassy carrying his weapon before callously open firing at officers and passers-by.
Earlier media reports said the man, identified as a member of the Wahhabi branch of Islam, was killed by a sniper after firing a Kalashnikov rifle at the US mission.
But later it was confirmed the gunman, identified by Bosnian television as 23-year-old Serbian Mevlid Jasarevic, was still alive after being shot down in a police operation at the embassy.
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During Bosnia's 1992-95 war between its Croats, Muslims and Serbs, a large number of volunteers from Muslim nations flocked to the Balkan country to take up arms.
Many of these Muslim fighters stayed on after the conflict and obtained Bosnian citizenship. Some in the mostly moderate Bosnian Muslim community have converted to the more radical Islam preached by several ex-mujahedeen.The U.S. embassy in Sarajevo, a mainly Muslim city, closed briefly in March 2002 citing an unspecified threat, but the building has not come under attack before.
Lucy Buckland, Mail Online, October 28, 2011
The attack paralyzed central Sarajevo where shopkeepers scrambled for cover as the gunman paced up and down firing on the embassy before a police sharpshooter wounded him and he was arrested.
One police officer was wounded and several bullets struck the wall of the embassy compound.Jasarevic's lawyer Senad Dupovac told the court the defendant had wanted to become a "martyr." "His goal was to get killed by the officers guarding the U.S. embassy in order to become a martyr and go to heaven."
Reuters, October 31, 2011
Christians flee amid discrimination, mosques built in Sarajevo but no permissions given for churches, refuse to return hundreds of church buildings despite ECHR ruling, thousands also prevented from returning home
"Many believers leave the country since war raged 20 years ago," said Netherlands-based advocacy and aid group Kerk in Nood, or 'Church in Need', in the report obtained by BosNewsLife.
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Puljic reportedly complained that while dozens of mosques were build in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, no building permissions were given for Christian churches.
"The cardinal already waits 13 years on permission to build just a small church," Church in Need said. Authorities so far refused to return hundreds of nationalized church buildings, despite a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights to do so, according to Christian officials.
Additionally tens of thousands of people, many of them Catholic Croats, have been prevented from returning home following the war, Church in Need said. These obstacles violate the Dayton peace accords that ended the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, which split the nation between a Serb republic and a Muslim-Croat federation."Time is running out as there is a worrisome rise in radicalism," Puljic said, who added that the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina were "persecuted for centuries" after European powers "failed to support them in their struggle against the Ottoman Empire."
BosNewsLife, October 12, 2012