Italy expels four Moroccan 'terrorists'

2015-11-23 21:55


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Rome - Four Moroccans suspected of having embraced Islamist terrorism have been expelled from Italy, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Monday.

The suspects, based near Bologna, northern Italy, had been monitored for some time and were under investigation for conspiring in terrorist activities, Alfano said.

The minister accused the Moroccans, whom he did not name, of spreading jihadist propaganda on the internet and espousing "an extremist vision of Islam".

Fear of terrorist attacks is on the rise in Italy, following the Islamic State strikes in Paris and a warning from US intelligence that St Peter's at the Vatican, as well as the La Scala opera house and the Duomo cathedral in Milan, may be terrorism targets.

Tighter security is being put in place in Rome in the run up to Jubilee of Mercy, a Catholic festival running December 8 2015 to November 20 2016, which is expected to attract millions of pilgrims to the Italian capital.

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