Saturday, April 25, 2015

Italy: Islamic Terrorists Arrested in Vatican Plot

Suspected Al-Qaeda militants arrested in Italy for Vatican plot
Sat Apr 25, 2015 2:02am BST

By Philip Pullella

ROME (Reuters) - Italian police on Friday arrested 10 people and were looking for eight others suspected of belonging to an armed group linked to al Qaeda who had plotted attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan and at least at one point the Vatican.

Some of the suspects, who are all Pakistanis and Afghans, were arrested in early morning raids across Italy. Police burst into the home of the group's suspected spiritual leader, in the northern city of Bergamo, a video released by them showed.

Though the 18 suspects were plotting attacks mainly in their native countries, phone taps suggest the Vatican was also a target, said Mauro Mura, chief prosecutor of the Sardinian city of Cagliari, where the group had its headquarters.

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