30 March 2007

Suspected ethnic Albanian extremist arrested last month at Vienna airport

Associated Press, Tuesday, January 16, 2007 1:48 PM

VIENNA, Austria-Police last month arrested a suspected ethnic Albanian extremist from Kosovo who allegedly plotted to blow up two bombs inside Montenegro's parliament building, Austrian media reported Tuesday.

The Kronen Zeitung newspaper, in a story for Wednesday's editions, said the radical, a former fighter with the now-disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army, was taken into custody at Vienna's Schwechat International Airport in December.

Interior Ministry spokesman Rudolf Gollia confirmed that authorities arrested a man wanted on an international warrant at the airport Dec. 8. He declined to elaborate.

Kronen Zeitung said the suspect, aged 55, also held U.S. citizenship. The newspaper said he was involved in a thwarted plot to attack the parliament in Montenegro, which last year gained independence from Serbia.

No motive was given for the alleged plot.