Italian police claim three Moroccans arrested at a mosque in Perugia were part of what they call a ‘terrorist training school’ with links to al-Qaeda. The country’s interior minister has said they had all they needed for a viable attack. The Imam of the mosque and two other men were arrested and police are seeking to detain a fourth man thought to be abroad. The mosque is alleged to have become a centre that recruited and trained terrorists who were to be sent to fight in other countries, possibly Iraq.
Interior Minister Giuliano Amato explained that Moroccan authorities had tipped off their Italian counterparts two years ago of possible attacks in Bologna and Milan. “Now we’re warning them of an attack in Italy or in Morocco” he said. Among the material police say they found in the mosque were videos detailing how to fly a Boeing 747 and instructions on using poisons and explosives.