The Macedonian Ministry of Interior has prevented a terror attack that was planned to take place in Macedonia, director of the public security bureau Mitko Cavkov said Thursday.
Two persons aged 23 and 24 were arrested as part of a wider regional operative action aimed at fighting terrorism after the Macedonian intelligence service had information that they were preparing attacks in Macedonia, the Interior Ministry informed.
According to Cavkov at a press conference, the two arrested were in contact with former fighters in the Islamic State (IS) of Iraq and Syria.
The Interior Ministry conducted searches in Skopje and in Aracinovo on Nov. 4. During the search, one 24 year old person from Aracinovo was detained, and the other was detained in Kosovo. Their goal was carrying out terror acts in Macedonia, Cavkov declared.
He explained that during the raids, police seized computers and mobile phones owned by the two persons which will be taken as evidence for further investigation.
According to Macedonian interior ministry sources, over 150 Macedonian citizens have gone to fight in the Middle East, joining radical groups there.