Somali asylum-seeker arrested in Italy for incitement to terrorism

A Somali imam has been arrested on charges of spreading Islamist propaganda among fellow asylum seekers hosted in a reception centre, Italian police said Wednesday.

The suspect was apprehended from a former beach holiday resort near Campobasso, southern Italy, which was turned into a migrant reception centre.

Police released a pro-Islamic State video as evidence of the suspect's proselytising activities and, in a Twitter message, said he was "perhaps organizing an attack in Rome."

According to ANSA news agency reports from a press conference in Campobasso, the man would urge migrants to turn themselves into suicide bombers, telling them "let's go to Rome and let's start from the train station."

"We can't have zero risk, but the arrest in Campobasso shows that prevention systems work. We cannot distract ourselves, and our sincere thanks go to the work carried out by police forces," Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said in parliament.

Last update: Wed, 09/03/2016 - 20:22

More from Europe

Italy's Renzi concedes referendum defeat, announces resignation

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has conceded defeat on a referendum battle to approve constitutional reforms and...

After Renzi - who could be Italy's next prime minister?

Italian President Sergio Mattarella is due to appoint a new prime minister after Matteo Renzi said he would resign...

Renzi set for crushing referendum defeat, under pressure to resign

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi looked likely Sunday to make good on a promise to resign after early data...

Italian voters reject Renzi's constitutional reforms, exit polls show

Italians have rejected reforms proposed by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, exit polls from a referendum show.

EU leaders relieved as Austrian far-right candidate loses presidency

Pro-European and left-leaning politician Alexander Van der Bellen soundly defeated his far-right rival for Austria's...