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Italy arrests Tajik man suspected of belonging to Islamic State

Man was stopped after landing at Rome’s Fiumicino airport

By Reuters
April 09, 2024
Italian policemen seen in this undated photo.— AFP/File
Italian policemen seen in this undated photo.— AFP/File 

ROME: Italian police on Monday arrested a man from Tajikistan wanted for terrorism-related crimes and suspected of being an active member of the Islamic State militant group, a police statement said.

The man, described as a fugitive targeted by an international arrest warrant, was stopped after landing at Rome’s Fiumicino airport from Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

He was identified only by his initials, “S.I.”.

Italian authorities did not make any reference to Russia and to last month’s deadly attack on a concert hall outside Moscow, for which several Tajiks living in Russia have been arrested.

The police statement did not say which country had issued the warrant for him. It said the suspect used several fake identities, including from Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine.