Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing Lega party, said on Wednesday that all migrant boat landings should be stopped amid warnings of terror threats.
The European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex, has alerted authorities to the possibility of terrorists arriving amongst the illegal migrants reaching the coasts of Italy.
Salvini is quoted as saying “We ask for an immediate move, an ironclad control on all our borders by land and sea, and the interruption of any further landings on our coasts”.
His comments come after several arrests have been made in Italy over the past days of would be migrant terrorists. The latest arrest was on Wednesday, where a Moroccan, with Italian citizenship, was arrested in Turin. The suspect had allegedly been planning to enrol lone wolves to carry out attacks with trucks.
Frontex had already issued the warning of the possible infiltration of terrorists among migrants arriving on Italian shores on Tuesday.
CREDIT – VOICE OF EUROPE