ROME, ITALY – Italian law enforcement forces today arrested three suspected jihadists from Kosovo, who according to the eyewitnesses they were subjected to had planned to carry out attacks in Venice or travel to Syria to join the Islamic State.
In addition to the three Kosovars has arrested a minor who would be part of the group that has been investigating for months.
The arrests were sped up after his enthusiastic comments following the March 22 bombing in London in which four people died.
That day Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old British man who adopted that name when he converted to Islam, rolled up a vehicle to several people on the Westminster Bridge and tried to enter the British Parliament.
The three detainees began to evaluate the possibility of doing something like this in Venice, in a place of great tourist interest like the Rialto Bridge.
According to the researchers, the Kosovars had downloaded hand-to-hand combat manuals with knives.
In addition to the arrests in a house in Venice, where the Kosovars who worked as waiters in restaurants, there were also 12 registrations in apartments in the city and in Treviso and Mestre, nearby towns.