Bosnia: Wahhabi threatens to "kill people for New Year's"

A member of the radical Muslim Wahhabi movement has threatened to "kill at least 40 people for New Year's," residents in Koraj, Bosnia-Herzegovina, have said.

Source: Vecernje novosti

The Belgrade daily Vecernje Novosti is reporting this quoting media in Sarajevo, who said they were contacted by "frightened locals, worried every day because of the threats of a man known by his nickname of Puhavac."

The locals, who are Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) also said that Puhavac used to live in Koraj but was "thrown out of the mosque" because of his style of dress and religious rituals.

He reportedly "left this town furious and went to Tuzla."

"Beside all the misfortunes in Koraj, starting with unemployment to carelessness of local politicians, we don't need this to be happening. We are scared and hope that someone will stop this Wahhabi who is threatening our innocent people. We cannot allow more terror in the state and for that reason must inform the public about the threats we are facing. Someone must react, our safety is in danger," the locals have been quoted as saying.

Police officers from the municipality of Lopare have already visited Koraj and spoken to its residents to learn about the threats.

According to reports, the police of the Tuzla Canton "should have jurisdiction in this case" - because "information is being circulated that Puhavac is in the area of the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina (FBiH)" - i.e., the Muslim-Croat entity of Bosnia-Herzegovina, the other entity being the Serb Republic (RS).

The police in the Tuzla Canton said they were checking the claims about a Wahhabi's threats against Koraj residents, and the information that he is "moving in the territory of the FBiH."

Meanwhile in Bijeljina, RS, the local Center for Public Safety (CBJ), which has jurisdiction over Lopare, announced they received no report from Koraj.

"We are appealing on all citizens who receive threats, and are located in the area of the Serb Republic, to immediately report it to the police, rather than go to the media first," spokeswoman Aleksandra Simojlovic told Vecernje Novosti.


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