The Italian police have arrested a former left-wing militant and convicted him in connection with a series of attacks on mosques in the country.
Police arrested Roberto Sandalo, a former member of the terrorist group Prima Linea (Front Line) as part of an investigation into a series of attacks on mosques and Islamic cultural centers in northern Italy.
Sandalo was taken into custody after the police found weapons, petrol bombs and other explosive materials during a raid on his house on Thursday, Reuters reported.
Sandalo had been under surveillance since police spotted him writing "Stop Islam" on a wall in a northern town and giving out a mobile phone number to possible recruits.
The 50-year-old faces a number of charges including arson and illegal explosives possession, officials said.
The most recent attack on a Muslim target in the last two years around Milan involved two cars and a van which were set on fire last Wednesday near an Islamic school and cultural centre.
Source: Press TV (English)
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