Italian police arrest Moroccan for pro-terror stance on the Web

Italian police officers stand by a screen during a news conference in Florence, Italy. (AP)

Italian police have arrested a Moroccan man near Pisa for allegedly using Facebook and other social media to incite Muslims to use terrorism.

Pisa's anti-terrorism police squad head Gonario Antonio Rainone said 24-year-old Jalal El Hanaoui, who was jailed Monday, had posted photos of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Statue of Liberty and other architectural sites on Facebook and with slogans attempted to "instigate the faithful to spread Islam even using terrorism" and other violence. Rainone said there was no indication of planning for any attack.

Authorities said the man had moved to the Pisa area from Morocco when he was a child.

After terrorist attacks in France and against European tourists in Tunisia this year, Italian authorities have ratcheted up anti-terrorism investigations and surveillance.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46