Islamist nabbed 'for plotting attack on Pisa leaning tower'

Moroccan-born extremist 'instigated jihad on Facebook'

(ANSA) - Florence, July 6 - Italian police arrested a 25-year-old Moroccan man near Pisa Monday on charges of instigating Islamist terrorism and jihad (holy war) against a rash of suspected targets including the Leaning Tower of Pisa, police said.
    Officers identified the man as Jalal El Hanaoui, born at Souk Sebt in Morocco, who joined relatives in Italy at age 8 and remained in the peninsula ever since, notching up a criminal record for drug dealing and was currently unemployed.
    El Hanaoui used three Facebook identities to instigate holy war among 12,000 followers and posted photos of monuments around the world suspected of being targets for attacks including the tourist-famed Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Statue of Liberty, the Cathedral of St Basil in Moscow and the Israeli wall separating Jerusalem from the rest of the occupied West Bank.
    In posts and chat with two other terrorist suspects the Moroccan proposed using massacres, murders, attacks and damage to create an Islamic state.
    "He is very expert in computer technology and telematics and through the web and social networks instigated jihad and holy war," said Giuseppe Creazzo, a Florence prosecutor.


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