Italy ex­pels Tu­nisian, Mo­roc­can ex­trem­ists

The Sunday Guardian - - World - IANS

ROME: Italy has de­ported a Tu­nisian sup­porter of the Is­lamic State ter­ror group, a Gam­bian who aimed to kill “white tourists and Chris­tians” and a Mo­roc­can who threat­ened passers-by at a sy­n­a­gogue in Florence with a knife, shout­ing “Al­lahu Ak­bar”, the in­te­rior min­istry said on Fri­day.

The 28-year-old Tu­nisian shouted pro-IS slo­gans and at­tacked po­lice of­fi­cers fol­low­ing his ar­rest in the north­ern city of Mo­dena on drugs charges, ac­cord­ing to the in­te­rior min­istry state­ment.

The Gam­bian, 24, is ac­cused of be­long­ing to “in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ist groups” and of hav­ing voiced sup­port for a para­mil­i­tary group in cen­tral and west Africa and the de­sire to “kill white tourists and Chris­tians in Gam­bia”, by at­tack­ing ho­tels and churches.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors also found a note­book be­long­ing to the sus­pect that con­tained di­a­grams of ex­plo­sive de­vices and in­struc­tions on how to make and use them, the min­istry said. He had been ar­rested on com­mon crim­i­nal charges, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry.

Prior to men­ac­ing pedes­tri­ans with a knife and chant­ing “Al­lahu Ak­bar” (God is Great) at the Florence sy­n­a­gogue, the 22-year-old Mo­roc­can had “nu­mer­ous” prior con­vic­tions for com­mon crimes and had causes “sev­eral” pub­lic dis­tur­bances while in an ine­bri­ated state, said the min­istry.

A to­tal 339 sus­pected Is­lamic ex­trem­ists have been de­ported from Italy since Jan­uary 2015 in­clud­ing 102 this year, the min­istry said.

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