Italian police disrupt Islamic terror plot on Vatican
April 28, 2016
Italian police have arrested four people suspected of planning a terror attack on the Vatican.
Milan prosecutor Maurizio Romanelli said that Abderrahim Moutahrrick, a Moroccan-born man living in Italy, had received a directive from the Islamic State, authorizing him to proceed with an attack on the Vatican and on the Israeli embassy in Rome. The message was believed to have come from Ali Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State.
Three other suspects were arrested in Italy, and warrants were issued for two who are believed to be in Syria, as Italian authorities moved quickly to shut down the threat.
- Italy uncovers Islamist plot to attack Vatican and Israeli embassy (Newsweek)
- Jihadist network ready to strike Rome, Vatican nabbed (ANSA)
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