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SALT LAKE CITY — Two suspected terrorists are being held in Kosovo after a Nov. 3 attack on two American women serving as missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A total of six men were arrested Nov. 5 in connection with an alleged terrorist plot "inspired by extreme Islamist ideology." Two of the six are suspects in the investigation of the attack on the LDS missionaries, a senior police official involved with the investigation told the Associated Press.

The attack took place in Pristina, Kosovo's capital.

"We can confirm two sister missionaries were beaten in Kosovo and have been moved out of the area," LDS Church spokeswoman Ruth Todd said in a statement. "Gratefully they are making a full recovery."


We can confirm two sister missionaries were beaten in Kosovo and have been moved out of the area.

–LDS spokeswoman Ruth Todd


After being treated in Pristina, the two women left Kosovo to return to the mission home in Tirana, Albania, about a three-hour drive. The women are part of the Adriatic South Mission, which includes Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia.

The identities of the missionaries was not released by the LDS Church.

Six ethnic Albanians suspected of plotting a terrorist attack inspired by extreme Islamist ideology, including two believed to have fought alongside Syrian rebels, have been arrested in Kosovo, officials said Tuesday.

A seventh suspect remains at large.

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