Friday, March 16, 2012

Man arrested in Italy for plotting to bomb synagogue

From ANSA:
Police arrested a suspected terrorist in the northern city of Brescia early on Thursday who they believe may have been planning an attack on Milan's synagogue.

Milan synagogue
The 20-year-old, a Moroccan citizen who has lived in Italy since he was six, is also suspected of setting up secret Facebook pages providing training on making bombs and using weapons for budding terrorists.

Police said they found evidence on the man's computer that he has conducted a thorough inspection of Milan's synagogue, with information on the security measures used and the police who guard the building. Investigators added that they had intercepted messages in which the man talked about a "jihad mission".

They said he was identified as a suspect terrorist during monitoring of websites that feature forums and publish documents on the 'jihad'.

Correlated investigations are being carried out in the United States and Britain and London police have detained a woman who has been in contact with the 20-year-old.
WaPo has the story as well.

Now, why would peaceful Muslims who love their Jewish cousins consider an attack on a synagogue to be "Jihad"?

It's a real mystery, I tell you.

(h/t jzaik)