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    Surprise — Terrorist Leader Caught Hiding Among ‘Migrants’

    Surprise — Terrorist Leader Caught Hiding Among ‘Migrants’

    by Michael Walsh
    November 8, 2015 - 11:21 am

    Raise your hand if you saw this coming.

    Angela Merkel is probably the only person in Europe who didn’t know this would happen:
    Fears that Islamic terror groups might be entering Europe on migrant boats appear to have been confirmed after police in Sicily identified a convicted terrorist among asylum seekers arriving from Libya. The Tunisian, Ben Nasr Mehdi, was first arrested in Italy in November 2007 and sentenced to seven years for planning terror attacks for a group that has since been linked to Isis. After his release from the high-security Benevento prison in southern Italy, he was expelled from the country.

    But it has emerged that he has attempted to enter Italy again, following his arrest last month by Italian authorities after arriving at the island of Lampedusa, off Sicily. He was among 200 migrants rescued at sea by a navy vessel on 4 October. Despite giving a false name and claiming that he was seeking asylum in northern Europe to escape political persecution, finger prints revealed his true identity. He was held along with three other men, thought to be the human traffickers who had organised the trip, and interrogated by police in the Sicilian city of Agrigento.
    Several days later Mehdi, 38, was repatriated, and put into the hands of Tunisian authorities. Local press reports suggest that authorities had attempted to conceal the incident to prevent panic.

    Most modern, right-thinking Europeans would rather die beneath a Musselman’s blade than admit, even to themselves, that their entire concept of human nature is incredibly wrong.

    Italy’s interior minister, Angelino Alfano, had previously insisted there was no evidence that Islamic terrorists were sneaking into Europe aboard migrant boats, despite warnings from right-of-centre politicians that the wave of migration from North Africa represented a serious security threat. Mr Alfano, has said however, that Italian security forces are constantly looking out for such a threat.

    The interior ministry was not able to respond to The Independent’s request for comment. Italian authorities have said, however, they regard Mehdi as one of the most dangerous terrorists to have operated in Italy. He is considered to be an explosives expert and a contact for organisations that recruit jihadists from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    When the next terrorist bombing occurs in the heart of a major European city, how will the Europeans react? With outrage, or bovine complaisance? I know how I’m betting.

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    Tunisian terrorist 'returns to Europe posing as asylum-seeker'

    Fears have been growing in Italy that terrorists could be infiltrating boats carrying migrants and refugees across the Mediterranean to Europe

    Migrants rescued off the coast of Libya and headed to the Italian port of Lampedusa Photo: AFP

    By Alice Philipson, Rome

    12:26PM GMT 09 Nov 2015

    A convicted terrorist released from prison last year travelled to Europe on a migrant boat posing as an asylum seeker, reports have claimed.

    Mehdi Ben Nasr, 38, was arrested in 2008 in Novellara, northern Italy, and sentenced to seven years in prison after he was found to be the head of a terrorist cell with links to al-Qaeda. He was then extradited to his native Tunisia.

    But last month Ben Nasr returned to Europe on a boat that set sail from Libya and arrived in Lampedusa, a tiny Italian island in the Mediterranean,according to La Repubblica.

    Calling himself Mohamed Ben Sar, he claimed to be an asylum-seeker and said he wanted to travel to northern Europe, where he had relatives.

    However, after police became suspicious about his identity, a squad of officers from Agrigento, Sicily detained Ben Nasr and three others, believed to be traffickers who organised the journey from Libya.

    Ben Nasr insisted for three days that he was seeking asylum from his country for political reasons, before his real identity was exposed using fingerprint records.

    The Tunisian, who has since been sent back to his country, is considered one of the most dangerous terrorists known to the Italian security services due to his role in the recruitment of would-be jihadists and sending them to Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    He was arrested in April 2008 following a large terrorist investigation by the Special Operations Group, a division of the Italian carabinieri.

    During the arrest, police found al-Qaeda manuals linked to the production of explosives and detonation devices. Just days before, he was heard giving advice and recommending contacts to a group of terrorists in Syria during an intercepted phone call.

    Fears have been growing in Italy for months that terrorists could be infiltrating boats carrying migrants and refugees across the Mediterranean to Europe.

    However, officials have so far denied any incidents. Giorgio Brandolin, the deputy chairman of a cross-chamber parliamentary committee on immigration and security, said in September that there had been no confirmed cases.
    It was widely thought that terrorists considered the dangerous Mediterranean route too much of a risk for recruits who had been trained at considerable expense.

    Ben Nasr reportedly arrived in Lampedusa on October 4.

    The Italian interior ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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