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Moroccan held in Brescia for 'planning terror attacks'

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(updates previous).
Rome, June 12 - Police in Brescia near Milan on
Wednesday arrested the alleged head of the Italian branch of a
Belgium-based Islamist organisation on suspicion of planning
attacks in the northern Italian city.
Anas El Abboubi, alias 'Anas Abdu Shakur', born in Morocco
in 1992 and living with his family near Brescia since 1999, had
allegedly scouted out two targets on Google Maps, Brescia's
train station and its main military barracks, police said.
Police said they intercepted an email to foreign members of
the organisation applauding the recent fatal attack on a British
soldier in London and a copycat stabbing of a French soldier in
Paris.
"There can be no peace with us," he allegedly said.
The 20-year-old Moroccan reportedly told police he had
"hated the West" since being "taunted as a member of the Taliban
after the September 11 attacks in America" and recently vowed to
"die for Allah".
El Abboubi was also becoming increasingly interested in
Syrian Islamist fighting against the regime there and had
recruited others to join him in supporting their cause,
travelling to Syria if necessary.
As well as Brescia, he was planning other attacks in other
parts of Italy as well as France, police said.
He and the recruits were "united by a common hatred of Jews
and a desire to fight against Western countries," a police
spokesman said.
"Via the Web, the Moroccan passed on translations of
jihadist literature and acquired instructions on using
explosives, weapons and fighting techniques," he said.
Police seized papers written by El Abboubi "including
verses in which he sings the praises of jihad against Italy and
France and leaves a sort of spiritual testament containing a
collection of his translations about the legitimacy of holy
war," the spokesman said.
During the six months he had been under surveillance before
his arrest, police said, he also reportedly made no secret of
his admiration for a compatriot, Mohamed Jarmoune, arrested in
March 2012 and sentenced last month to five years and four
months in jail on terrorism charges.
El Abboubi recently set up the Italian chapter of the
Web-based Sharia4 organisation, a movement started in Belgium in
2010 and inspired by the jihadist preacher Omar Bakri, police
said.
Sharia4 has been banned in several European countries.
El Abboubi was arrested at his home in the small town of
Vobarno outside Brescia on suspicion of training terrorists and
inciting religious and racist hatred, police said.
Another two people are under investigation on suspicion of
committing the same crimes.
Police had been watching El Abboubi around the clock, and
picked him up while he was on his way to take his school-leaving
certificate.
Anti-terrorism police also searched the homes of four
Moroccans near Brescia, 100 km east of Milan, and around
Pordenone, a city in northeastern Italy.

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