Bosnian authorities discovered six Afghan migrants, five of which were suspected terrorists, and the sixth was under suspicion of smuggling and organised crime, N1 reported.
The State Security Minister Dragan Mektic confirmed the information, saying they were placed under supervision in the Istocno Sarajevo Migrant Centre.
“They were apprehended, and we’re investigating other information regarding the case and how they entered Bosnia, illegally,” Mektic said. “We’re investigating the route they took, and when we get enough information, we will decide on their fate.”
The suspects entered Bosnia in the first two months of this year and were residing among the migrants in the northern town of Bihac and the capital of Sarajevo.
Thanks to the exchange of information between the local and foreign security agencies, inspectors of the State Foreigners Affairs Agency discovered the suspects during security screenings of migrants.
The said suspects are men, aged between 22 and 30. They are awaiting Bosnian authorities to positively establish their identities so they could be expelled from the country.
Last year Bosnia recorded some 25,000 migrants who entered the country illegally in a bid to get to Western European countries. Most of them left the country, and some 10,000 are still residing in migrant centres across the country.
According to the Security Ministry, Bosnia can expect additional 25,000 migrants in 2019, and the State Border Police expects the first wave of migrants to come with the arrival of spring.