On November 28, Austrian police arrested 13 jihadist recruiters and seized “terrorist propaganda” during numerous raids on “homes, prayer rooms, and mosques” in Vienna, Graz, and Linz.
According to The Local, “a Vienna-based Serbian preacher” was the main suspect and was arrested around 4 a.m. The “terrorist propaganda” was found in homes in Graz, along with money. Individuals suspected of “helping to finance” ISIS were also arrested.
Authorities estimate up to 150 people have left Austria to join ISIS in Syria or Iraq to date, and that figure includes those who have been apprehended on their way to do so.
On September 13, OE24 reported that Austria had become a “terrorist hotspot.” OE24 also reported then that “hundreds of [ISIS] supporters were … in Austria,” and “the radical Salafistenszene from Bosnia” was headquartered in Vienna.
OE24 said the Salafists were gathering money to fund “ISIS terror.”
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