Friday, March 16, 2012

'Milan Terror Plot Was Hatched On Facebook'

Police investigating an alleged plot to blow up an Italian synagogue say the plans had taken shape in "super secret" Facebook groups.

A 40-year-old woman, believed to be Yemeni, was arrested in a pre-dawn raid on Thursday at her home in south London.

Italian police said she may have been in contact with a 20-year-old Moroccan - named by the Daily Telegraph as Mohamed Jarmoune - who is accused of making a "detailed plan" for a terror attack on the Via della Guastalla synagogue in Milan.

Police reportedly found a document saved on Mr Jarmoune's computer, "noting every detail in view of the planned attack on the Milan synagogue: security measures that were in place, police on duty, possible obstacles and possible access routes".

Mr Jarmoune, a metal worker, was arrested in Brescia in northern Italy amid claims from Italian police that he was using his "exceptional" computer skills to create "super secret" groups on Facebook to plot an attack.

Officers in Italy said the man had been living in the province since the age of six and "had the job of training people in the use of weapons and explosives for terror operations".

They added that months of undercover work had revealed that Mr Jarmoune had created "super secret" profiles on Facebook to discuss terrorism techniques that could be accessed only through a complicated system of controls that he had put on them.

"In this online arena, members could share instructions on how to assemble explosive devices, what chemical ingredients could be bought and the use of weapons," a police statement translated into English said.

"Anti-terrorism officers intercepted a message from the Moroccan in which he spoke of a 'jihad mission'." Read More