Austria’s news in English
Austria considers ankle tags for jihadists returning from Syria
The Local/AFP
news@thelocal.at
@thelocalaustria
24 January 2017
16:47 CET

Austria's defence minister suggested on Tuesday that suspected jihadists returning from the Syrian war should wear electronic tags under a planned package of new "anti-terror" measures.
“There are several possibilities on the table… Electronic ankle tags for people posing a potential threat are definitely something to be considered,” Hans Peter Doskozil told Austrian radio.
“I definitely think that it would be appropriate that… they are monitored, that the authorities know what they are doing, whom they are meeting. It's very important,” he said.
Austria's centrist government has been preparing a raft of measures to beef up security and reduce illegal immigration, including tighter border controls and more video surveillance.
Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka told reporters before a cabinet meeting on Tuesday that the use of electronic tags, which he also supports, would require new legislation.
Around 300 people have either left or were intercepted trying to leave Austria to fight in Syria, according to the interior ministry. Around 40 have died there while some 90 have come back.
On Friday, Austrian police detained a 17-year-old they suspected of being an Islamic extremist in Vienna. The authorities believe he may have been planning a bomb attack in the capital.
This was followed on Saturday by the arrest of a 21-year-old man in the western German city of Neuss.
Media reports said that he and the Austrian, identified in reports as Lorenz K., had experimented together with making explosives in Germany.
Sobotka said on Monday that Lorenz K., an Austrian citizen who was born and raised in Austria, had told investigators that he supported the extremist Islamic State group.
On Tuesday, he said the suspect admitted to having built an experimental bomb. But no bomb-making equipment was found at his flat, the Austria Press Agency reported.
Austrian police have raided other addresses, and on Monday public security chief Konrad Kogler said that a minor — reportedly a 12-year-old boy — had been questioned in connection with the enquiry.
Austria has so far been spared the string of attacks by Islamist extremists in other European countries in recent years.
Share this article
Play video on original page
More news
Austria jails imam and three other men for Isis recruitment
Austria to hand over Isis orphans to their grandmother in Vienna
Austrian jihadist recruiter gets eight-year jail term
Austria’s Conchita pulls out of Edinburgh show over visa row
Austrian court jails parents who took kids to live under IS
Syrian migrant on trial in Austria over 20 murders
Austrian terror suspect ‘planned to bomb Ramstein Air Base’
14 arrests after major anti-terror raids in Austria
Related articles
’12-year-old boy’ part of Austrian Islamic extremist cell
Second arrest in Vienna terrorist bomb plot
Raids follow terror arrest
Islamist terror suspect nabbed prior to bomb attack
Number of potential female jihadists in Austria higher than expected
Noticeboard
View all notices
Post a new notice
The Local Europe AB
Vasagatan 10
111 20 Stockholm
Sweden