4 ISLAMISTS ARRESTED IN ITALY OVER TERROR
Hossni Hachemi Ben Hassem is married to an Italian local who converted to Islam. He was arrested in Brusells and was linked to Essid Sami Ben Khemais, Ben Yahia Mouldi Ber Rachid and Ben Ali Mohamed.
The other three suspects arrested in Italy were Mohsen Hammai, 48, Nour Ifaoui, 34, both arrested in Scordia, near Catania, and Romdhane Ben Chedli Khaireddine, 32, arrested in Milan, inside viale Jenner’s Centro Culturale Islamico (see also – Milan 12.20.07 )..
Police say they found jihadist training videos connected to the men, who were located in Lombardy, Sicily and Puglia and Belgium..
“Due to their important international contacts and to the kind of indoctrination they received, we’re sure they would have been able to carry out an attack,” said Mario Parente, General Head of ROS, a special operations group that is part of Italy’s carabinieri police force..
Investigators believe the six men tried to recruit among illegal immigrants in Italy, who then went on to training camps in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Iraq and Yemen. In some cases the new recruits carried out attacks in Iraq..
The cell was characterized by “fierce anti-Semitism and anti-Western sentiment” and aversion to states viewed as enemies in the context of religious war, a police statement said (see also – Jarmounes Plot )..
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