The Balkan Islamic State problem is growing as the number of Albanians joining the Islamic militant army has increased in recent years.
In the last 10 years, at least 120 Albanians have joined the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group and more than 20 of them have been killed in battle, mainly in Syria. The announcement was made public by Klejda Ngjela of the Albanian Helsinki Committee, at the “Civil Society Against Violent Extremism” forum organized at the European Union Center in Shkodra.
The problem of Albanians joining the Islamic State army has increased in recent years. Those making the trip have been mostly poor people who were attracted with promises of large sums of money and a better life. Some of the Albanians joining ISIS have left Albania with their families in tow. Most recruits were from the areas of Librazhd, Pogradec and Elbasan.