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Italy deports nine foreigners for alleged Takfiri links

Iran Press TV

Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:3PM

Italy has expelled nine foreign nationals suspected of having links with Takfiri groups in the Middle East as fears rise across Europe following a spate of deadly terror attacks in France.

Speaking at a Sunday news conference, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano announced that five Tunisian nationals, a Turk, an Egyptian, a Moroccan and a Pakistani have been deported since late December, adding, "Sure other expulsion orders will follow."

The Italian official said the Rome government is keeping a close watch on over 100 people on suspicion of supporting Takfiri groups or plotting to carry out "terrorist activities" in the country, adding, "Those expelled ... were here for years, and two of these involved their respective families, sending them into Syria" to join the ranks of Takfiri terrorists operating against the Syrian government.

The Italian minister further warned against "an imminent threat which could be carried out in any part of our continent," adding the Rome government has tightened security "to the highest level."

Spasm of violence in France

Alfano's comments came after a recent wave of terrorist attacks in France which began on January 7 when the office of the satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, came under assault by two gunmen. Some 12 people were killed in the incident that left France in huge shock and fear.

The incident was followed by a series of sieges and shootings across Paris, resulting in the killing of more people and an extensive sense of insecurity in the country.

An al-Qaeda branch in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack on Charlie Hebdo. The group said it chose and supported Said and Cherif Kouachi, the two brothers who allegedly carried out the deadly assault.

Europe on high alert

Following the terror attacks in France, other European countries are now concerned about the threat posed by the militants who come back home after fighting alongside the Takfiri terrorist groups in the Middle East.

In Belgium, some 150 forces were on Saturday deployed to the northern town of Antwerp, which hosts the NATO headquarters, various EU offices as well as the US and Israeli embassies, after security forces began a crackdown on a suspected terrorist cell in the country.

Belgian police also shot dead at least two suspected militants and left seriously injured another during counter-terror raids in the country a day earlier.

Police in other European states, including Germany, Greece and France, have also made several arrests over the past days to prevent potential terror attacks by the elements inspired by the Takfiri militants wreaking havoc on Syria and Iraq.

This is while France and several other European countries are leading supporters of the extremist groups currently fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.


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