Reports: Terror suspect arrested in southern Italy, awaiting extradition to FranceBy AP
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Reports: al-Qaida suspect arrested in Italy
ROME — Two Italian newspapers say police have arrested a French man wanted in his country and suspected to be a member of al-Qaida.
Il Mattino, a newspaper based in Naples, and the Naples editions of La Repubblica said Sunday that the suspect had notes and a kit for making bombs when he was arrested.
They say the 28-year-old of Algerian origin was picked up in Naples, southern Italy. Police also seized his laptop and mobile phone, according to the reports.
Il Mattino said the arrest took place two weeks ago but only became public during a closed-door hearing in Naples that approved the suspect’s extradition to France.
Law enforcement authorities in Italy and France have declined comment.
The arrest comes at a time of heightened concerns about a terrorist attack in Europe.