In Bologna, Italy, five North Africans have been arrested on charges of conspiring to commit acts of international terrorism, and police say they are seeking a sixth man.(photo, from bbc.co.uk)
Houses and apartments in Bologna, Ravenna on Italy’s Adriatic coas, and Como near Milan, have been raided by the police, who said that they are investigating an alleged international terrorist ring, which they say recruited suicide bombers for Iraq and Afghanistan.
The five man are also charged with fraud as they are alleged to have collected money from phoney car accident insurance claims in order to finance their operations.
Police said that people willing to sacrifice their lives in terrorist attacks in war zones were recruited and trained by them.
The alleged leader of the terrorist ring, a former mujahideen colonel of unknown nationality, had fought in Bosnia during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
Information on the activities of the terrorist group have been gathered by investigators through phone taps.