BELGRADE – Kosovo police have denied media reports about the presence in the region of one of the leaders of the Daesh militant group, Lavdrim Muhaxheri, the Kosovo police press service said on Wednesday.

“Butcher of Kacanik” with a group of up to 400 militants who had fled Syria, had come to Kosovo under the guise of a refugee, Italian “Espresso” reported citing sources in the Italian intelligence service (AISE).

AISE immediately informed local authorities and anti-terrorist units in Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia. “However, the hangman disappeared,” says the paper.

“In accordance with the information held by the Kosovo security forces, as well as the data of foreign partners, Lavdrim Muhaxheri is not in Kosovo,” the Kosovo Police Directorate told RIA Novosti.

According to reports, the former NATO soldier-turned Daesh commander, also known as Abu Abdullah al Kosova, went to Syria in late 2012 and has appeared in several propaganda videos.

Media reports claim that after his return he allegedly engaged in the preparation of a terrorist attack on a football match in November, and also planned a series of attacks on Kosovo state institutions and the Serbian Orthodox Church.