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Latest update : 2015-12-18

Bosnia and Herzegovina: European Salafist stronghold

Around 300 Bosnians are fighting alongside jihadists in Syria today. Many of them are believed to have been radicalised when Salafist preachers emerged in Bosnia during the 1992-1995 war. Today the tiny Balkan nation is facing an increasingly alarming security situation as the jihadists threaten to return home, calling for terror strikes in Bosnia, and elsewhere in Europe. FRANCE 24 reports from Bosnia.

The Islamic State group has seen a surge in recruitment, with Bosnians topping the list in Europe. It is an increasingly dangerous situation for Bosnia, where the previously laid-back attitude towards practicising Islam is slowly being replaced by a hardline Salafist approach.

>>Also watch our documentary: "20 years on, Sarajevo still bears the scars of war"

By Luke BROWN , Alexandra RENARD , Mersiha NEZIC

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