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Four Suspected Jihadis Arrested for Plotting Terror Threat Against Pope Francis

Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 9.01.25 AMIn a series of raids, Italian authorities have placed four people under arrest for allegedly spreading ISIS propaganda and plotting a violent attack on Pope Francis.

Police officials say that the four Kosovan men, three of which were arrested in Italy and one in Kosovo, are part of a suspected terror cell that was promoting racial hatred and posting threatening messages on social media. The men reportedly posted ISIS-resemblant pictures of themselves holding weapons, alongside messages such as “remember there won’t be any pope after this one. This is the last.”

“They were threatening the pope, celebrating the recent attacks in Paris and threatening the former US ambassador to Kosovo,” said Bresica police chief Carmine Esposito.

While the men were not considered by the authorities to be actively engaged in violence at the time, the arrests come as the latest in Italian efforts to boost security in the wake of the attacks in Paris. ISIS has released propaganda videos targeting Rome and Washington D.C. in recent weeks, and international authorities have been leading raids throughout Europe in a crackdown on terrorism.

“A joint operation with the Italian police is an indicator of the international cooperation which is necessary for fighting terrorism,” the Kosovo police said in a statement to DW.

[h/t International Business Times]
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