Italian Police have arrested four suspected Islamist terrorists Tuesday who were reportedly planning an attack on Pope Francis.
The arrests were a cooperative effort between the Italy’s Counterterrorism Agents and the Kosovo police, and took place both in Italy and Kosovo Tuesday.
Police conducted simultaneous raids in the Italian cities of Brescia, Vicenza and Perugia, as well as one raid in Kosovo. The four people arrested are being charged with participation in a terror network with specific intent to target the Pope as well as incitement of racial hatred. Along with the arrests, police confiscated written materials and weapons.
The man considered the leader of the cell, Imishiti Samet, a Kosovar citizen who lived for some time in Italy, was arrested in Kosovo, while the other three were arrested in Italy. …
According to a police report, the group of suspected terrorists were “highly dangerous” and had “established direct links with jihadist networks active in Syria,” including the deceased Islamic State terrorist Lavdrim Muhaxheri.