Bosnian committed suicide attack in Iraq - reports

Bosnian Emrah Fojnica, accused of involvement in an attack on the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo, has died in Iraq, "probably while committing a suicide attack."

Source: Tanjug

The 23-year-old died on Friday, according to the Vijesti Ummeta website, which is close to radical Islamic groups in Bosnia-Herzegovina and elsewhere in the Balkans.

The website did not specify where Fojnica died, but said only that "according to available information, he went to Iraq to carry out a shahid operation and was killed with a vest on him" - which suggests he probably carried out a suicide attack using an explosive belt.

As reported by the Croatian Index website, Vijesti Ummeta also announced that Fojnica's father, when informed about his son's death in Iraq, welcomed it as "a martyr's death."

Fojnica was charged along with Melvid Jašarević for attacking the American embassy in Sarajevo in 2011.

Banja Luka's Nezavisne Novine reported that "no one can accurately say how many Bosnian citizens are currently fighting in Iraq, Syria and other foreign battlefields - but what is known is that those who return will pose a danger for the country."

Several security experts were quoted as saying that there is a possibility these persons might even attempt to carry out suicide attacks once they are back in Bosnia.

The State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) noted that amendments to the Criminal Code sanction Bosnians who illegally form and join foreign paramilitary and para-police formations.

The newspaper writes that SIPA recently ran checks on 20 Bosnian citizens who in the last two years traveled to Syria and returned, and that they will "most likely" be investigated.


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