Archive for May, 2013

La Gazzetta: Muslims in Italy victims of violence, leader says

Monday, May 20th, 2013

In the aftermath of recent reports about the arrest of members of a terrorist cell based in Puglia comes this news, as reported by La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno:

(ANSA) ‒ Bari, May 16 ‒ Italy’s Muslim community on Thursday said numerous individuals of Islamic faith have suffered physical violence in the southern Italian region of Puglia, as well as in other areas of the nation in recent weeks by “unidentified assailants.” Sharif Lorenzini, who heads the Italian Muslim community, said in an interview with ANSA that he had taken testimonies, including one from a young man in the city of Bari who was hooded and beaten violently.
Lorenzini said the incidents started after April 30, when the Carabinieri military police discovered a so-called undercover Muslim cell in Puglia, where Bari is located.
© La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno

More on Puglia terrorism arrests

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Yesterday we reported that four foreigners were arrested and accused of working to create a terrorist cell in Puglia and planning terrorist attacks. More details have come to light. It was first reported that the men were arrested in Puglia; in fact, three were arrested elsewhere in Italy and the fourth outside the country, but all are accused of using Puglia as a base for plotting terrorist attacks.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the four men arrested by Italian police are Tunisians and they were arrested in Andria, the site of Castel del Monte. Further, it is alleged the men were discussing the possibility of mounting terrorist attacks in Italy as well as in the United States and Israel. Police had been tracking the men since 2008. Two suspects were arrested in Sicily, one was arrested in Lombardy and the fourth was captured in Belgium. Two other men are being hunted.

General Mario Parente, who heads the Carabinieri special operations team that oversaw the operation, said in a statement, “We have broken up a group which trained for terrorist activity and preached and raised funds.”

More details are available from La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno.