Rabat - The Italian Special Operations Group (ROS) arrested on Monday, April 24 a Moroccan individual described as “extremely dangerous” who was plotting to carry out terrorist attacks in the country.
Rabat – The Italian Special Operations Group (ROS) arrested on Monday, April 24 a Moroccan individual described as “extremely dangerous” who was plotting to carry out terrorist attacks in the country.
The 29-year old Moroccan was arrested in the city of Turin in the north of Italy, where he had been living illegally since 2008. The takedown was carried out amid tight security measures.
The Moroccan national had been very active on social media under the nickname Saladin. The arrest came after the FBI gave the Italian police intelligence information stating that the person in question, who had been active on social media under the nickname “Saladin”, was in contact with terrorist elements using the application “Zila,” under the pseudonym Son of State 7.
According to a court judge, the detainee is “extremely dangerous”, not only publicly advocating for “killing infidels and promoting ISIS’ ideology”, but for actually planning to carry out what he’d been calling for.
The Moroccan expatriate had lived with an Italian family in Turin for over eight years, during which he managed to keep his online activities and causes secret. The Italian family was oblivious of what he was plotting, even though the phone numbers he had used belonged to his friends and members of his host family.
The Italian news agency Ansa stated that the suspect always cheered the terrorist attacks across Europe, especially in Berlin, France, and Sweden and had recently attempted to recruit people to help him in his attack in Italy.