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Three Palestinians arrested on terrorism charges by Italian police


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Three Palestinians have been arrested on terrorism charges in Italy.

Italian police have accused the men of planning attacks in an unspecified country.

They said the men were living in L’Aquila, a city about 75 miles northeast of Rome, and had allegedly set up a cell linked to the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades.

The group, a coalition of armed militants once linked to the Palestinian Fatah movement, is considered a terrorist organisation by Israel, the EU and the US.

Police said the three men had been charged with criminal conspiracy for terrorism purposes or subversion of the democratic order, which carries jail terms of up to 15 years.

“The suspects engaged in proselytism and propaganda… and planned attacks, including suicide attacks, against civilian and military targets on foreign territory,” police said.

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One of the three men is wanted by Israel and an Italian court is examining an extradition request for him, the statement added.

Italy’s interior minister Matteo Piantedosi hailed the arrest of “three dangerous terrorists” and said the country was always on high alert against extremism and radicalisation.

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