Skopje, 1 September 2020 (MIA) – Three men suspected of being part of a terrorist group after being arrested have been put into 30-day detention for procuring a large quantity of weapons and explosives, sources familiar with the investigation told MIA.
The three-member terrorist group planned to use the weapons and the explosives against buildings of vital importance in the country, said Viktor Dimovski, Head of the National Security Agency on Tuesday commenting on the actions taken yesterday by the Interior Ministry and the public prosecutor’s office to apprehend the men.
Speaking at a news conference marking the Agency’s one-year anniversary, Dimovski said the investigation was ongoing.
The three men, aged 28, 22 and 25, have been charged with terrorism and creating a terrorist organization.
The men are recidivists, who have served time after being convicted for taking part in a foreign army.
In early 2019, the 28-year-old man, whose initials were revealed as B.A., formed a terrorist ‘cell’ with the two younger men and several others based on the ideological matrix of the ISIS terrorist organization, with the intention of carrying out a terrorist act on targets in the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia.
The men provided finances and procured a large quantity of weapons, ammunition and military equipment.
Police seized five automatic rifles, a machine gun, 18 ammunition belts for automatic rifles, eight grenade launchers with fuses, camouflage vests and an ISIS flag with an Arabic inscription from the location.
Two handmade belts filled with explosives, metal ball bearings, two hand grenade launchers and other items were seized during four raids, three in Kumanovo and one in Skopje.