Montenegro Police Arrest 20 Serbian Nationals for Terrorism

World » SOUTHEAST EUROPE | October 16, 2016, Sunday // 20:46
Bulgaria: Montenegro Police Arrest 20 Serbian Nationals for Terrorism File photo, EPA/BGNES

Tensions went up by a notch during elections in Montenegro Sunday when police said they had arrested 20 Serbian nationals, accusing them of intent to destabilize the country by terrorism.

"These persons are suspected... of acts to create a criminal enterprise and terrorism," DPA quotes national police director Slavko Stojanovi? says in a statement.

"They are suspected of intent to first take automatic weapons, then to execute attacks on institutions of the systems, police and representatives of state bodies, not excluding high state officials," Stojanovi? has said.

Before the elections, pro-Western Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic - who has been in power since 1991 - accused Serbia of serving Moscow's interests in an attempt to put Montenegro's drive to join NATO and the European Union into reverse.

In Serbia, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vu?i? said that he had no information about the arrests.

The election "may end Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic's 25 year-long reign," DPA adds.

The arrest happened on the night of Saturday into Sunday, but the statement was released as Montenegrins were voting in polls that will decide the question of whether Djukanovic and his Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) will continue their 25-year long reign.

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