Italian police have arrested four people in a foreign fighter investigation, including a Moroccan-born man living in Italy who had received Islamic State orders to attack Rome, prosecutors said. Milan prosecutor Maurizio Romanelli said investigators intercepted the communication from within Islamic State territory ordering attacks in Italy "with particular attention to the city of Rome" and focusing on the Holy Year pilgrimage currently under way.
There was no indication any attacks were imminent and Mr Romanelli said authorities acted quickly to close the investigation, arresting four people and issuing arrest warrants for two others believed to be in IS territory. He said: "This is a new profile, because it was not a generic indication, but an indication given to a specific person who was invited to act within the territory of the Italian state."
Authorities arrested the Moroccan-born man, identified as Abderrahim Moutahrrick, and his wife, Salma Bencharki, who were allegedly planning on travelling from their home in Lecco, north of Milan, to IS territory with their children, aged two and four.
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