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‘Jihadist’ planned Leaning Tower of Pisa attack: media

Bilel Chiahoui, was arrested after posting messages on social media praising those behind the jihadist attacks in Europe and saying he would attack the Tuscan city's famous monument

By: AFP | Rome |
August 13, 2016 3:41:10 am
Pisa, Pisa rome, IS, ISIS, jihadist, leaning tower of pisa, pisa tourism, leaning tower of pisa rome, tuscan, tuscan city, latest world news Italian authorities ordered the expulsion of a Tunisian national suspected of planning an attack at the Leaning Tower of Pisa (Source: Pixabay)

Italian authorities on Saturday ordered the expulsion of a Tunisian national suspected of planning an attack at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, according to media reports.

Bilel Chiahoui, 26, was arrested after posting messages on social media praising those behind the jihadist attacks in Europe and saying he would attack the Tuscan city’s famous monument, a huge tourist attraction.

His expulsion order was signed by a judge on Saturday day according to a police report, which said there was “evidence the Tunisian sympathised with jihadist extremism and IS,” a reference to the Islamic State group.

The police statement did not provide details on the target of the suspected attack. There has been mounting concern about the possibility of Italy being hit by “lone wolf” terror attacks of the kind seen in neighbouring France and Belgium.

Recent weeks have seen a string of suspected Islamists expelled from the country on the order of Interior Minister Angelino Alfano.

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