Authorities in Kosovo have cut off water supplies to tens of thousands of people in the capital Pristina after an alleged plot by supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group to poison supplies. Aljazeera reports:
Officials from the city’s water board said supply was cut early on Saturday “because of security issues” and that supplies had been tested for suspicious substances.
Al Jazeera Balkans reported that the tests carried out by the Kosovo Institute for National Health had detected no sign of toxic content. The move follows the arrest of five people linked to ISIL, who were accused of planning to poison a reservoir, according to the Reuters news agency.
Police say officers patrolling the Badovac reservoir saw three of the men, whose identities have not been revealed, behaving suspiciously. The reservoir supplies almost half of Pristina, a city of more than 200,000 people. Another two suspects were arrested elsewhere in Kosovo.
Kosovo has been on a heightened state of alert in recent weeks after Kosovan members of ISIL appeared in propoganda videos alongside other members from the Balkans warning of attacks against targets including water supplies. “If you can, take poison and put it in their meal or in their drink. Make them die, make them die of poisoning, kill them wherever you are…you can do it,” one man is heard imploring ISIL supporters.