Italian anti-terror investigators have broken up a migrant smuggling ring whose leader had sworn loyalty to the Daesh ‘Islamic State’ and was known in his neighborhood by the nickname “Bin Laden.”

Eight men  – two Moroccans, three Tunisians, two Bangladeshis and an Algerian – were arrested by Carabinieri police in the Caserta province 11 kilometers north of Naples on suspicion of people smuggling and falsifying documents.

One of them, Tunisian Mohamed Kamel Khemiri, is also under investigation for alleged links with terrorism.

Carabinieri investigators said Mr. Khemiri, 41,  had become a radical Islamist in recent months, even becoming known by the nickname  “Bin Laden.”