Malta Independent

Italy arrests 2 terror suspects training for combat in Syria

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Italian news agency ANSA says authoritie­s have arrested an Italian convert to Islam and a Moroccan resident who met over the Internet and were preparing to fight with Islamic State in Syria. Sicilian prosecutor­s who ordered the arrests Wednesday said investigat­ors had identified the Italian suspect, 25-year-old Giuseppe Frittatta, from social media posts. They included extremist propaganda as well as photos of himself holding a knife with a 26-centimeter (10-inch) blade calling for deaths to “all westerners.” The 18-year-old Moroccan, Ossama Gafhir, is alleged to have induced Frittatta toward extremism, and was following stringent fitness routine to prepare for combat. Frittata — a Sicilian who changed his name to Yusef — allegedly was in contact with extremists in Italy and abroad. The arrests were carried out in northern Italy.

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