On 8 August 2023 the Bosnian state court ordered Mirza Kapic, who is suspected of making contact with the Islamic State group (IS) and of planning an attack on a mosque, to be remanded in custody for a month. According to Balkan Insight reporting on 9 August 2023, Kapic intended “to target Islamic community scholars who issue statements against jihadists”.
World Watch Research analyst Rolf Zeegers comments: “Bosnia has three main regions: Mainland Bosnia where Islam is the dominant religion, a Croat region in the western part of the country where Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion, and the Republika Srpska in the north and east of the country where the Orthodoxy church is dominant. Tensions often run high, especially between Bosnia and the Republika Srpska. The presence of IS-influenced militants is an added worry, both for Christians and traditional Muslims.”