Italy arrests Egyptian terrorist suspect

March 28, 2018 | Brainwave Science



A man suspected of links to terrorist group Isis was arrested in southern Italy on Tuesday. He is accused of using an Islamic cultural center to spread jihadist propaganda. The suspect has Italian citizenship and is charged with spreading IS propaganda aggravated by the use of the Internet, according to the Interior Ministry.

The terrorist suspect is 58-year-old Abdel Rahman, an Egyptian with Italian citizenship, in the city of Foggia in Puglia. He is married to a 79-year-old Italian woman. The suspect runs an Islamic center called Al Dawa in Foggia, which has been under surveillance for months.

Authorities raided the Al Dawa center and froze bank accounts totaling 370,000 euros (around 460,000 U.S. dollars).

Accused of apology for terrorism and association for the purpose of terrorism, the terrorist suspect is said to have praised Isis attacks on social media and shared material glorifying the terrorist group. He is suspected of also attempting to spread similar propaganda at the cultural center.

Secret recordings caught him telling youngsters to attack “unbelievers” with swords and bombs, the newspaper La Republica said.

“As the investigation showed, Egyptian national Abdel Rahman Mohy — a key figure inside Al Dawa — sought to proselytize children, making use of IS propaganda materials during lessons he held inside the mosque. Children were taught to loathe ‘disbelievers’, and some of them were encouraged to swear an oath of allegiance to (IS leader) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” the think tank wrote.



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