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The Interior Ministry expelled Raoudi Albdelbar, a Moroccan imam who preached a sermon advocating the annihilation of Jews at mosque near Venice last month. Interior Minister Alfano said his decision was taken after investigation by counterterrorism police, and he warned of the consequences of hate preaching in Italy.
Foreign Minister Bonino said Italy suspects that "jihadist elements and members of al Qaeda" are among the thousands of migrants arriving by boat from Africa. Over 32,000 migrants have come to Italy and Malta already this year, many of them from Libya.
Police arrested a 21-year-old Moroccan blogger in the northern city of Brescia for plotting terrorist attacks and using the Internet to wage jihad by means of his blog, Sharia4Italy. The al Qaeda sympathizer had researched sites for attacks, gathered information about explosives and weapons, and expressed a desire to fight with the rebels in Syria.
Authorities announced the arrest of four Tunisians on April 30 from an Islamist terror cell in Puglia; the cell leader, Ben Hassen Hosni Hachemi, was arrested in Belgium. Two other cell members, a Tunisian and a Moroccan, are thought to have fled to Tunisia. The group recruited jihadists, trained on Mt. Etna, and planned to send operatives abroad as well as attack targets in Italy. The Foreign Minister said on May 9 there is "no sign" of an Italian journalist who vanished a month ago in Syria while reporting from Homs.
An Italian journalist recently freed by Syrian jihadist kidnappers said her captors, who included Algerians and Moroccans, had threatened to cut off her hands. Another freed journalist said the kidnappers apparently thought the journalists, who had been filming desecrated Christian churches in Syria, were spies.