According to media reports, the authorities have charged the identified suspects in the Veneto region, inter alia, of the recruitment of fighters for the “holy war”. The detainees are reportedly to non-Italians.
Rome (kath.net/KNA) The Italian police have arrested five Muslims, who are closely related to the jihadist organizations in Syria and Iraq. According to local media reports on Wednesday that authorities have identified suspects in the Veneto region, inter alia, of the recruitment of fighters for the “holy war”. The detainees are reportedly non-Italians. They are in the cross hairs of investigators in the course of the nation’s increased security measures against militant Islamists. The Italian Interior Ministry fears that Islamist terrorists might deliberately mingle with the large numbers of boat people coming across the Mediterranean.
On Tuesday, the Vatican had denied reports that Islamic terrorists could be planning an attack on Pope Francis. This unfounded, said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, as kath.net reported. The Italian newspaper “Il Tempo” had reported that the terrorist militia fighters “Islamic State” could prepare an attack on the Pope. Citing Israeli sources, their leader, the self-styled “Caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, stated that he had ordered attacks in Europe and in particular against Francis as “the greatest representatives of the Christian Religion” and “supporter of false truth”.