Welcome to the New Europe. “Italy: Alleged Al-Qaeda-Linked Militants Arrested In Milan,” from AKI, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
Milan, 7 June (AKI) – Police in Milan arrested Thursday at least nine suspected militants who are accused of having provided logistical assistance and funding to an Algerian terror group which pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda last year, security officials said. Investigators believe the suspects had set up a cell in Milan of the Al-Qaeda Organisation of the Islamic Maghreb, the former Salafite Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), which has claimed responsibility for a wave of attacks in North Africa’s largest country including suicide bombings that killed 33 in Algiers on 11 April.
The cell is also accused of providing logistical support to militants operating in Tunisia and among the arrest warrants issued Thursday is one against a Tunisian citizen, Essid Sami Ben Khemais, who had just finished serving a six-and-a-half year jail term on terror charges.