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A source claimed that Father Paolo dall'Oglio, a priest who disappeared in Syria last year, is being held by the Islamic State along with two female Italian aid workers who were kidnapped in Aleppo on Aug. 1. Interior Minister Alfano said last week that 48 Italians are known to be fighting with the Islamic State, and about 10 of them are thought to have been killed abroad.
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.