He ‘wanted to attack St. Peter’s at Christmas’ in Rome. Using wiretap recordings, DIGOS special security police in Bari, make arrest of a 20-year-old Somali national on terrorism charges.
The Somali wanted to stage an attack at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome at Christmas. Mohsin Ibrahim Omar, a.k.a. Anas Khalil, is believed to be linked and in contact with the Islamic State (ISIS) in Somalia.
In a recording obtained by police he allegedly states: "The 25th is Christmas… the churches are full. "Let’s put bombs in all the churches of Italy.
Where's the biggest church? It’s in Rome?," he said, according to the wiretap, apparently referring to St Peter’s. The FBI are assisting with the investigation.
The man was arrested on 13 December as he tried to flee the city of Bari. According to news outlet Ansa "prosecutors issued a warrant to hold the suspect because of the "imminent danger" of him taking flight".