TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian authorities say they have charged a young man with allegedly trying to join Muslim extremists fighting in Syria.
Although Albanian officials say some 70 local people are believed to have joined extremists from the Islamic State group fighting in Syria, the teenager is the first to have been arrested and charged.
If convicted, he faces up to 10 years to jail.
Nine Albanian Muslims, including two preachers, are on trial for recruiting for Syrian rebels.
About two-thirds of Albania's 3.2 million people are Muslims. Mainstream religious leaders have called on believers not to join rebel groups in Syria.