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Syrian, said to have extremist aims, detained in Genoa

AP , Wednesday 3 Aug 2016
Syrian, said to have extremist aims, detained in Genoa
(Photo: Reuters) Italy's Interior Minister Angelino Alfano speaks on events in Lampedusa, during an address to the lower house of the Italian Parliament in Rome October 4, 2013.
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 Italy's interior minister says a Syrian man has been detained in Genoa on suspicion he intended to join an extremist group in his homeland for the "purpose of international terrorism."

Minister Angelino Alfano said in a statement Wednesday the suspect was detained under recent legislation that forbids joining a terrorist group.

Alfano says the suspect had "manifested the intention to go to Syria to join the Jabat al Nusra Islamist group."

Separately, heightened anti-terrorism measures are being done in Rome. They include the stationing of police cars and van at the end of a boulevard that runs past the Colosseum, and police patrols and surveillance along Via del Corso, a long street lined with clothing shops and which also runs by the premier's office.

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