Italy: Gov't worried about al-Qaeda linked terror cells
Italy was susceptible to terror attacks by allies of the Al-Qaeda network, the interior minister Roberto Maroni said on Friday. Maroni warned there were terror cells that identified with Al-Qaeda and they had "authorisation" to carry out attacks in Italy.
"Al-Qaeda is not present in Italy, however we are investigating terror cells who identify with it and have somehow obtained authorisation from Al-Qaeda," said Maroni.
He was speaking during a media conference at Rome's foreign press club.
"We are very worried," he said, warning that terrorists could be training in Italy to carry out attacks inside the country.
"We think there could be terror cells in Italy that are being created, financed and trained to carry out attacks against us."
Source: AKI (English)