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Man suspected of planning Milan synagogue attack arrested

20-year-old Moroccan did Facebook 'weapons training'

15 March, 14:06
Man suspected of planning Milan synagogue attack arrested (ANSA) - Milan, March 15 - Police arrested a suspected terrorist in the northern city of Brescia early on Thursday who they believe may have been planning an attack on Milan's synagogue.

Jarmoune Mohamed, a 20-year-old Moroccan national who has lived in Italy since he was six, is also suspected of setting up secret Facebook pages providing training on making bombs and using weapons for budding terrorists.

Correlated investigations are being carried out in the United States and Britain and London police have arrested a woman suspected of being an accomplice of Mohamed in the synagogue plot.

Police said they found evidence in the man's home and on his computer that he has conducted a thorough inspection of Milan's synagogue, with information on the security measures used and the police who guard the building. They showed some of material they seized from his home to reporters.

Investigators added that they had intercepted messages in which the man talked about a "jihad mission".

They said he was identified as a suspected terrorist during monitoring of websites that feature forums and publish documents on the 'jihad'.

Police have not detained anyone else in Italy, although they have not ruled out the hypothesis that he may have accomplices here.

Interior Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri praised the police operation and said that, at the moment, there were "no particular terrorist alarms".

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