Italy on maximum terror alert over Easter after Moscow attack

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Italy on maximum terror alert over Easter after Moscow attack
Italian military stand guard in front of Rome's Colosseum. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP)

Italy was to increase surveillance in busy areas ahead of the Easter holidays and following the bombing of a Moscow concert hall, ministers agreed on Monday.


Italy's national committee for public security, chaired by Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi, on Monday said anti-terrorism monitoring in Italy must be strengthened ahead of the Easter holidays, with more surveillance to be carried out at popular tourist spots and at "sensitive sites".

The committee agreed on "the importance of continuing monitoring activity, including online, by police and intelligence forces for the identification of possible risk situations" in Italy, reported news agency Ansa.

The security meeting was convened following the terrorist attack in Moscow on Friday where armed men opened fire and set the building ablaze, killing at least 133 people.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani had stressed to the public on Sunday that Italy faced "no concrete risk" and said the country's security and law enforcement services were "always on the alert to prevent any attack."

"During the Easter holidays you will need to be very careful. We will always do the utmost to ensure the safety of citizens and tourists," Tajani said, speaking on national broadcaster Rai's current affairs show Restart.

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The fight against terrorism “has nothing to do with the war in Ukraine,” the minister continued.

"We support Ukraine" as an invaded country in which international law has been violated, he said, "but as the Italian government we have expressed our condemnation of the attack [in Moscow] and closeness to the families of the victims and the survivors".


Cabinet Secretary Alfredo Mantovano said on the same programme that the main terrorist threat Italy faced at the moment was mainly from "lone wolves" and "not so much from organised groups."

"I believe that a group like the one that acted in the Moscow attack, which must have been trained and had logistical support, would be intercepted sooner in Italy," he said.

"The most worrying threat" in Italy was online recruitment, he said, noting that propaganda was closely monitored.


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