Islamist cells raided in Italy for 'financing terrorism'

Arrest warrants are out for 14 suspects, the sources in northern Brescia and the Sardinian capital Cagliari said in a joint statement. 

Published: 10th May 2018 02:34 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th May 2018 02:34 PM   |  A+A-

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By AFP

ITALY: Twenty raids were underway in Italy on Thursday targeting two Islamist cells suspected of laundering money to fund jihadist fighters in Syria, police and investigators said.

Arrest warrants are out for 14 suspects, the sources in northern Brescia and the Sardinian capital Cagliari said in a joint statement. 

The Brescia cell was made up of 10 Syrians suspected of "abusive" use of payment services in various EU countries such as Sweden, Italy and Hungary, as well as in Turkey.

"Two of them are also accused of financing terrorism," the statement said.

The Sardinian cell included four militants of Syrian and Moroccan origin accused of backing the Al-Nusra Front, a former Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria.

They too are accused of financing terrorism, the statement said.

Italy has dismantled a number of similar cells in recent years, most of them providing logistical, recruitment and financial support to Islamist groups.

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