Italy deports two suspected Islamic extremists

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Rome, April 28 (IANS/AKI) Italian authorities expelled two North Africans accused of supporting jihadist groups and proselytising radical Islam, the Interior Ministry said on Friday.

The first suspect, a 32-year-old Tunisian, who had been living in the Sicilian city of Ragusa without valid residency documents, was deported aboard a flight from Palermo airport, the ministry said.

He had used Facebook and other social networks to share jihadist propaganda with other Islamic extremists and consulted radical material online, Italian anti-terrorism investigators said.

The Tunisian was a follower of one of the masterminds of the Al Jamaa al-Islamiya group which carried out an attack at the Egyptian archaeological site of Luxor in 1997, killing 58 foreign tourists and four Egyptians, investigators said.

A 27-year-old Egyptian suspect living in the Lazio town of Latina without legal residency documents was deported from Rome’s Fiumicino airport after police held him on Thursday, the Interior Ministry said.

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The Egyptian had praised the deadly December attack on a Christmas market in Berlin carried out by Anis Amri, a Tunisian supporter of the Islamic State jihadist group, and had called for more such attacks, according to investigators.

A total of 170 Islamic terrorism suspects have been expelled from Italy since January 2015, the ministry said.

Earlier on Friday, anti-terror police from the southern Italian port city of Brindisi announced the arrest of a Congolese citizen resident in Berlin, Nkanga Lutumba, who is alleged to be a supporter of IS.



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