AKI Serbia: Wahabis spark mosque shooting incident
- "The number of [Wahabists] has slowly but steadily been on the rise in
Bosnia, in Muslim areas of Serbia such as Sandzak and Kosovo, as well as in
some parts of Montenegro"
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SERBIA: WAHABIS SPARK MOSQUE SHOOTING INCIDENT
Belgrade, 6 Nov. (AKI) - Wahhabi Muslim fundamentalists over the weekend
provoked a shooting in a mosque in the southern Serbian city of Novi Pazar
in which three people were wounded and two arrested. The incident took place
late on Friday, when a group of Wahabists disrupted religious services in
Novi Pazar's Arab-mosque, attacking a local imam and trying to impose their
'pure' form of rites. The police said one of the faithful attending
services, Habib Fijuljanin, 33, pulled out a gun and fired two warning shots
in the ceiling. Another worshipper, Izet Fijuljanin, 37, then opened fire on
three Wahabists in front of the mosque when they attacked him and started
demolishing his car, police said.
While accounts of the course of events varied, police said both Fijuljanins
were detained, and there were traces of blood inside and outside the mosque.
The police didn't release the names of the three wounded, believed to be
Wahabists, but said charges were pressed against 16 individuals who took
part in the incidents.
Novi Pazar is cultural and business centre of the predominantly
Muslim-populated Sandzak region, and has only in the past few years felt the
presence of Wahabists. Sandzak mufti Muamer Zukorlic has said the numbers of
Wahabists are still negligible, though incidents such as that in the mosque
this weekend have been on rise.
The wahhabist movement got a foothold in the Balkans during Bosnia's
1992-1995 civil war when thousands mujahadeen or fighters from Muslim
countries came to give military support to local Muslims. Hundreds have
remained in the country, indoctrinating local youths with radical Islam.
Wahabists can easily be recognised by their breeches and long beards, and
their insistence that women wear a face veil. The number of their followers
has slowly but steadily been on the rise in Bosnia, in Muslim areas of
Serbia such as Sandzak and Kosovo, as well as in some parts of Montenegro.