Wow. Italy Arrests 28 Pakistanis in Al-Qaeda Linked Bust reports some scary (but good) news:
Military police burst into an apartment in central Naples on Wednesday night as part of a routine sweep against illegal immigration and ended up discovering enough explosives to blow up a three-story building, officials said on Friday.
They arrested all 28 men staying in the apartment after finding 800 grams (28 ounces) of explosives, 230 feet of fuse and various electronic detonators crammed behind a false wall.
Islamic religious texts, photos of “jihad” (holy war) martyrs, piles of false documents, maps of the Naples area, addresses of contacts around the world and more than 100 mobile telephones were also found in the run-down lodgings, police said.
I’m perplexed by the Pakistani ambassador’s response:
Pakistan’s ambassador to Italy, Zafar Hilali, denied the men were terrorists and said the arrests appeared to form part of a campaign of targeting innocent Pakistanis living in Italy.
“According to my information none of (these men) had anything whatsoever to do with terrorism, none of them had anything like explosives,” he told Pakistan TV.