Moldovan Defense minister: Islamic State members are on the Republic of Moldova’s territory

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Republic of Moldova has citizens fighting in Syria as members of ISIS terrorist network who are now returning to Moldova, the Moldovan Defense minister Anatol Salaru told Publika.md on Monday, after a meeting of the intelligence services coordinated by president Nicolae Timofti.

“I understand we have Moldovan citizens fighting in Syria, but I don’t think there is a major risk in the republic, as the ISIS network achieved its end, namely to create panic,” Salaru said.

“But there are also risks coming from inland, from those who are already in the Republic of Moldova,” he added.

Two Moldovan citizens suspected of terrorism who were attempting to illegally enter Romania and Western Europe have been arrested last week in the Republic of Moldova.

The two men, aged 19 and 26 have been taken on remand on the Prut River’s shore, near Toceni locality. They were carrying some several Islamic propaganda objects, with suspicions rising that they would have converted to Islam. They were trying to reach to Romania, and later on to France, as final destination.

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