Isis Militant Arrested in Counter Terrorism Operation Across Italy

The Italo-Moroccan 23 years-old man is considered to be the author of the first Isis propaganda message in Italian.

On Wednesday March 28, an Italo-Moroccan accused of being an Isis (Islamic State) militant was arrested in the North-Western city of Turin, Piedmont.

The 23 years-old man, whose name is Elmahdi Halili, is considered to be the author of the first Isis propaganda message in Italian. He was already held in custody in 2015 for apology of terrorism, when he settled for a term of two years. After his incarceration, Halili would have intensified his activity of indoctrination, creating a social platfrom hosting a playlist with messages from the ISIS leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

Counter terrorism operation across Italy

The Italian police carried out the arrest as part of a larger counter terrorism operation started on Wednesday morning, with raids and searches across Italy in the environment of radical Islamism. A total of 13 search warrants have been issued also in Milan, Naples, Modena, Bergamo and Reggio Emilia.

Among the individuals involved in the probe, there are not only foreigners, but also a number of Italians citizens who have converted to Islam. On Tuesday March 27, an Italo-Egyptian 58 years-old man was also arrested in Foggia, Apulia, on charges of affiliation with ISIS and apology of terrorism aggravated by the use of information technology. The man was teaching religion to kids in a cultural association.