An Albanian media group says one of their journalists has received a threat from a suspected Islamic militant wanted in the country on terrorism charges.

Police spokesman Gentian Mullai said Thursday that authorities were treating the threat against Aurora Koromani of the Gazeta Shqiptare newspaper as serious and were providing protection for her.

Koromani's media group News24 said the journalist has extensively covered Albanian Muslims recruiting people to fight alongside the Islamic State group in Syria. Nine Albanian Muslims, including two preachers, are on trial on such charges.

News24 says Koromani received a threatening message on Tuesday saying "you will pay."

About two-thirds of Albania's 3.2 million people are Muslims. Dozens are believed to be fighting in Syria, despite mainstream religious leaders' calls for them to not join rebel groups.