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The Kosovar ISIS terrorist cell in Venice targeted the Rialto bridge

The Kosovar ISIS terrorist cell in Venice targeted the Rialto bridge

March 31, 2017 » Today News »

Three Kosovar Islamic State followers were arrested in Italy on Thursday on suspicion they were planning to blow up the Rialto Bridge in Venice; three more are under investigation Reuters reports.
According to the Corriere del Veneto, the Kosovar cell targeted the iconic 9-meter tall stone bridge dating back to 1591, one of the symbols of the City of Venice. Arjan Babaj, Fisnik Bekaj and Dake Haziraj were arrested during the anti-terrorism operation conducted by Italian police and Carabinieri, while a minor was also detained. Italian during overnight operations. The city’s mayor, Luigi Brugano, thanked the police for their timely intervention.

All the members of the cell were legal residents of Venice and at least two of them worked as waiters. Their arrest of Thursday follows a year-long surveillance. La Republicca claims that the cell was in fact operated a part of a terrorist organization.  Altogether 12 raids were carried out, of which 10 in Venice’s historic centre and one in nearby Mestre.  Two of the four Kosovars in a suspected terror cell smashed in Venice on 30 March were caught on tape saying ‘in

Two of the four Kosovars in a suspected terror cell smashed in Venice on 30 March were caught on tape saying “in Venice you immediately earn paradise because of the number of unbelievers here. Put a bomb on the Rialto Bridge.” According to the Venice Police Director, D’Ippolito, the arrest was expedited when the cell begun celebrating the March 22 attack in London and boasted of the great number of casualties that could be achieved in Venice.

Source: /New Europe

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