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August 14, 2006

Meanwhile in Italy

Filed under: Global Jihad, Islam, Multi Kulti, Terror — limewoody @ 8:06 pm

Rome, 14 August (AKI) – Security services in Italy are keeping under surveillance some 13,664 potential terrorist targets and have deployed some 19,559 operatives to do the job, the Interior Ministry announced on Monday. In the wake of last week’s foiled bomb plot at London’s airports securty measures in Italy have been “additionally reinforced,” the ministry said in its latest report on security in the country.

Security at potential targets such as airports has come under greater scrutiny, and with British authorities arresting alleged Muslim extremists in connection with with the plane bombing plot, Italian police have also stepped up controls at “meeting points used by the Islamic community, call centres, Internet points and Islamic butcher shops,” the ministry report said.

In recent months police have been able to deploy more agents to monitor terrorism threats by cutting down on the number of staff previoulsy involved in security escort duties from 3,116 to 2,686, the report said.

Over the last year security agents had identified 82,752 terrrorism suspects, reported 1,508 to the judicial authorities and arrested 618. In addition deportation procedures were in place for 2,012 foreign citizens, of whom 55 have already been expelled from Italy.

Since the beginning of August deportation procedures have started against seven North Africans – one Moroccan, three Algerians and three Tunisians – previously detained but released due to a recently introduced general amnesty. The seven are believed to be linked to “international terrorism cells,” the report said.

(Rak/Aki)

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