Monday, November 29, 1999

EU police in Kosovo nab terror suspect wanted in U.S.

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The European Union's police and justice mission in Kosovo said on Thursday it had arrested and would extradite a man wanted in the United States on terrorism-related charges.A statement from the mission said the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina charged the defendant with two counts, "the provision of material support or resources to terrorists, support for terrorism and conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim or injure persons or damage property in a foreign country".Police said the man was arrested near the northern town of Mitrovica but neither they nor the EU authorities had any other details on the arrest or the man's identity.Last August the U.S. authorities arrested seven people from North Carolina for conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and for conspiracy to murder, kidnap, maim and injure people overseas, including Kosovo, Jordan and the Gaza Strip.Among the seven was Hysen Sherifi, a native of Kosovo who became a U.S. resident. Sherifi and Daniel Patrick Boyd, the group's alleged ringleader, were also charged "with conspiring to murder U.S. military personnel" in connection with a planned assault on the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia.The authorities in Kosovo did not say if the man arrested this week had links to the earlier group.The United States is the biggest supporter of Kosovo's independence and has 1,480 troops on the ground.Last month Kosovo detained five people suspected of belonging to the radical Wahhabi school of Islam and seized a large cache of weapons. Two of the detainees were Kosovo Albanians and the three others Bosnian Muslims from Kosovo.Around 90 percent of Kosovo's population is Muslim, with just four percent Roman Catholics, but Kosovo remains a largely secular country.Two years after declaring independence, Kosovo's fragile peace is still maintained by some 10,000 NATO troops and 2,000 police, judges and prosecutors from the EU.(Reporting by Fatos Bytyci, Editing by Zoran Radosavljevic and Sonya Hepinstall)(For more news on Reuters India, click

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