A vast anti-terrorist operation in Italy led to the arrest of six people in the Lombardy and Piedmont regions. Among the objectives of this measure there was also a couple that wanted to reach the theaters of war in Syria and Iraq together with their children aged 2 and 4, to join in the cause of the jihad. The two of them lived in the province of Lecco.
Another target of the restrictive measure issued by the investigating magistrate of Milan for the crime of participation in associations for the purpose of international terrorism, is a Moroccan 23-year-old man resident in the province of Varese: the young man, brother to a foreign fighter expelled from Italy in January 2015 with an order issued by the Interior Minister for terrorism-related reasons, was supposed to join the couple.
The three arrested persons were in touch with two other spouses who had lived in the province of Lecco before departing to the Syrian-Iraqi region in February 2015 to join the jihad. Also the latter were reached by the preliminary injunction, along with a relative who was trying to put them in touch with the aspiring fighters.
The operation began at dawn and was conducted jointly by the Digos of Lecco, Varese, and Milan – supported by the Central Service for Antiterrorism of the DCPP/UCIGOS special branch officers – and by the Police Special Operations Group, assisted by the local Police Commands.