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updated 8/11/2009 11:55:01 AM ET 2009-08-11T15:55:01

The editor of a Kosovo newspaper said Tuesday he suspects that Islamist radicals have attacked the paper's Web site because it was covering the trial of a Kosovar charged in the United States with plotting terrorist acts.

Berat Buzhala said the Web site of the Express newspaper was blocked for 10 hours Tuesday and hackers left a warning to the "anti-Islamic newspaper to stop ridiculing" Muslims.

The Albanian-language Express has been covering the trial of Hysen Sherifi, 24, an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo.

He and six American citizens were arrested two weeks ago in the U.S. state of North Carolina on suspicion of conducting military-style training in preparation for "violent jihad" in Jordan, Pakistan, Israel and Kosovo.

Sherifi, born in the Kosovo town of Gjilan, has no criminal record in Kosovo and was not considered a security threat here.

The Express published transcripts of conversations between the group's alleged leader, Daniel Patrick Boyd, and other suspects, as well as photographs being used as evidence in the seven men's trial.

Federal officials said they seized from Boyd's home and cars more than 27,000 rounds of ammunition, 26 weapons, gas masks, a handbook on how authorities respond to acts of terrorism, and the text of an Islamic call to wage holy war against Americans.

The others facing charges are Boyd's two sons, 20-year-old Zakariya and 22-year-old Dylan; Anes Subasic, 33; Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 22; and Ziyad Yaghi, 21. An eighth suspect, Jude Kenan Mohammad, is believed to be in Pakistan.

Buzhala said his newspaper has previously been targeted for its coverage of religious issues. Kosovo's majority Albanians are mostly Muslim, although the country is largely secular.

"This latest attack has gotten us worried a bit," Buzhala said. "We want to know who these people are."

He said his newspaper has sought support from Islamic leaders in Kosovo and is urging them to denounce the Web site interference.

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