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Kosovo jails Albanian for 7 years for recruiting extremists

Associated Press logo Associated Press 30/12/2016

PRISTINA, Albania — A Kosovo court has sentenced an Albanian citizen convicted of recruiting for extremist groups in Syria to seven years imprisonment.

A statement Friday from the court in Ferizaj, 35 kilometers (20 miles) south of the capital, Pristina, said the man collaborated with others to recruit, fund and help transport at least eight people to join the Islamic State group and the Al-Nusra Front in Syria in 2012. The man was identified only as F.R.

A day earlier another citizen, wanted after being sentenced to a four-year jail term as an IS fighter, was arrested in neighboring Albania and handed over to Kosovo.

A few hundred Albanians from Kosovo are believed to have joined Islamic extremist groups and about 70 reportedly are still active with the groups in Syria and Iraq.

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