Eight people arrested in Austria after Isis-linked terror raids

Eight people arrested in Austria after police conduct anti-terror raids

Police conducted anti-terror raids

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Eight people have been detained in Austria after anti-terror raids in Vienna and Graz, according to the country’s APA news agency.

All those who were arrested were from the former Yugoslavia, local newspaper Krone said. 

Several anti-terror raids targeting extremists have been taking place today, carried out by the police and units from the Office for Protection of the Constitution. 

Investigators followed the network of radical preacher Mirsad O, also known as Ebu Tejma, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison last year for being part of a terrorist group and committing murder.

Tejma is said to have recruited over 150 foreign fighters for Islamist terror groups worldwide, including two teenage girls who allegedly left their homes in Austria to go to Syria and fight for Isis in 2014.