Media in Kosovo says the government has closed 16 non-governmental organizations suspected of having links to extremist networks.
The daily newspaper Koha Ditore said Tuesday that the decision was taken after intelligence service and police discovered that the 16 NGOs dealing with humanitarian assistance also were involved in recruiting and “spreading propaganda in support of the extremist activities.”
Kosovo police are coordinating with neighboring Albania and Macedonia where extremist networks are believed to have spread.
Interior Ministry spokesman Behar Haziraj said that was classified information and he could not comment.
A few hundred Kosovo-born volunteers have joined the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. They often appear on their propaganda videos warning of imminent attacks.