Italian police have arrested four suspects in a foreign fighter investigation, including a Moroccan-born man living in Italy who had received Islamic State orders to carry out attacks on Rome during Holy Year, prosecutors said Thursday.
Milan prosecutor Maurizio Romanelli told reporters that investigators intercepted communications from within ISIS territory ordering attacks in Italy, “with particular attention to the city of Rome” and focusing on the Holy Year pilgrimage now underway.
He said the messages promoting lone-wolf attacks were “very strong, very serious and very efficient,” indicating that Islamic State’s current policy is to push for attacks in locations where foreign fighters are residing “as the best way of creating terror within Western countries.”
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