Austria arrests 14 on suspicion of belonging to Islamic State

By REUTERS
January 26, 2017 17:39

 
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Austrian police arrested 14 people on Thursday on suspicion of belonging to the militant group Islamic State following raids in Vienna and the southern city of Graz, prosecutors said.

Around 800 police officers took part in the raids, the Graz prosecutors' office said in a statement, adding that the coordinated action had been planned for some time.

The statement gave few details, but a spokesman said the people taken into custody, of whom three are women, included three Austrians with foreign roots, two Bosnians, two Macedonians and a Syrian. The nationalities of the other suspects were not immediately known.

"There was no acute danger" and no indications of a concrete attack, the spokesman said, adding that the detentions were not connected to the arrest of an Austrian teenager last week on suspicion of planning an Islamist attack in Vienna.

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