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Migrant crisis: eight arrested in Italy on suspicion of people smuggling

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By Luke Barber
Migrant crisis: eight arrested in Italy on suspicion of people smuggling

<p>Italian police have arrested eight people on suspicion of migrant smuggling and falsifying documents.</p> <p>The leader is purported to be a Tunisian named Kamel Khemiri, who through phone tapping the police found had pledged allegiance to Islamic militant group <span class="caps">ISIL</span></p> <p>Khemiri is said to have self-radicalised through social media and the internet, and reportedly celebrated the Paris terror attacks in November last year.</p> <p>His Facebook page is littered with radical militant posts including one that reads: “As long as I live and after I die I will be an Islamic State man, </p> <p>The group of eight, made up entirely of non-italians, made fake contracts and payslips to secure work visas for illegal migrants.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Italy announced an investigation into whether <span class="caps">ISIL</span> is involved in organising the passage of migrants across the Mediterranean.</p> <p><strong>Migrant crisis</strong></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">About 150 migrants wait aboard a rubber boat to be assisted by an <span class="caps">NGO</span>. Mediterranean Sea, north of Libya. <a href="https://t.co/TnbiJ6z2Bw">pic.twitter.com/TnbiJ6z2Bw</a></p>— Santi Palacios (@SantiPalacios) <a href="https://twitter.com/SantiPalacios/status/759384124071215104">July 30, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Over four hundred and twenty thousand migrants have made their way to Italy from Africa since the beginning of 2014.</p> <p>Packed into less than seaworthy vessels they risk everything to try and make their way to a fresh start in Europe.</p> <p>They rarely known what awaits them at the end of their perilous journey, for many, their bid for a new life ends in death.</p>