FILE - A Kosovo-Albanian man stands in front of a banner during a protest with the slogan "Stop Terrorism" in Pristina, Kosovo, April 24, 2012. A court in Pristina on Thursday sentenced seven men convicted of terror charges.
FILE - A Kosovo-Albanian man stands in front of a banner during a protest with the slogan "Stop Terrorism" in Pristina, Kosovo, April 24, 2012. A court in Pristina on Thursday sentenced seven men convicted of terror charges.

PRISTINA - A Kosovo court has sentenced seven Albanian citizens on charges of terror, participating in terror groups and recruiting for Islamic terror groups in Syria.
 
A statement Thursday from the court in the capital, Pristina, said the seven defendants, identified only by their initials, received prison sentences ranging from 2 to 4 years.

Online news site Kallxo.com reports that some of them acknowledged having fought with anti-government forces in Syria, while others said they had gone to assist Syrian refugees in Turkey. A few expressed regret for going to Syria, the news site says.
 
A few hundred Albanians from Kosovo are believed to have joined Islamic extremist groups and about 70 reportedly are still active with the groups in Syria and Iraq.