Italian police have arrested a man suspected of plotting a terrorist attack on Rome after finding an incriminating video at his home and alleged links to an imam in London.


The 38-year-old was taken into custody in the port city of Bari on the Adriatic Sea, on Italy’s eastern coast, capital of the Puglia region.


He has been named as Edmond Ahmetaj, an Albanian by birth who gained Italian citizenship in 2016.


Ahmetaj had lived in Bari with his wife and brother for several years.


Police say a video they found in Ahmetaj’s home proves that he was planning a terrorist act in the Italian capital, though they did not disclose the exact contents of the film, or the nature of the alleged planned attack.


According to Italian police, Ahmetaj had also been spreading ISIS propaganda through his social media account.


They said he was in contact with other Albanian citizens, as well as with an imam in London whose identity was not reported.


Ahmetaj is thought to be a Muslim, as are around 60 percent of Albanians.


He allegedly posted ISIS slogans as terrorist attacks rocked Paris in November 2015, when three suicide bombings at a football stadium were followed by mass shootings and another suicide bombing.


The atrocities killed 130 people.


Edmond also showed public support for the murders and attacks carried out by ISIS terrorists, according to local media.

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Town of Bari

Author: David Rogers

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