Internal Security Service: Estonian Muslims are well integrated

Martin Arpo (Postimees/Scanpix)
11/17/2015 12:13 PM
Category: Society

Deputy head of the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS), Martin Arpo, said that although Estonia is in principle not immune to terror threat, the local Muslim community is well integrated and the number of radicalized members is very low. ISS is keeping a close eye on them, he assured.

A superficial view that ISIS has no connection to Estonia is deceptive – a 31-year-old former Estonian resident Ivan Sazankov, alias Abdurrahman Azan, went to fight in Syria in 2013.

Although Sazankov's current location is unknown – ISS only knows he is not in Estonia – he is a marked man and a suspect in a criminal case. "Should he ever reappear in our field of vision, he will be subjected to a fair trial," Arpo said. Two other men, Ramil Khalilov and former boxer Roman Manko, have already been charged with funding a terrorist organization and will stand trial on November 23.

On the whole, however, the vast majority of the Estonian Muslim community are well-integrating, peace-loving people, Arpo said. "We do indeed have a couple of radicalized chaps but we are handling them, we know their names and faces very well," he added.

"We can't look at Paris as somewhere distant for we occupy a shared security space,” he said, adding that there is, nevertheless, no information of direct danger and Estonia's threat level has, therefore, not been raised.

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