Skip to comments.Italy: Plot to blow up Milan Cathedral
Posted on 12/04/2008 1:04:23 PM PST by Frankusa
Two Moroccans arrested in Italy yesterday wanted to blow up the Milan Cathedral on Christmas.
They hoped an attack during the busy holiday would cost dozens of lives. This according to tapped phone calls, reports La Repubblica.
The two belonged to an Islamic terror cell which had been followed by the Italian police already for months...
Rachid Ilhami (31) and Abdelkader Ghafir (43) were arrested in Giussano, a city 25km away from Milan. The detectives gathered from tapped phone calls and confiscated computer files that the two also prepared attacks on a supermarket and a police bureau. They are arrested on suspicion of terrorism and eventual cooperation with al-Qaeda.
Ilhami had been living since he was ten in Italy. He is married and has two children. He worked as a blacksmith and in his free time worked in a center for PEACE ACTIVITIES, in the area of prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's villa, according to Corriere della Sera.
Three? How about 15 in front of a Long Island Church of Wal Mart on Black Friday Holiday morning!
Ah, the quaint old customs of Europe!
I can see where it would seat 4000
They didn't sit, they stood. 40,000 would be no problem in that area.
Remember, everyone in Italy follows the Church, one half with a candle, the other half with a club!
Probably my favorite building in the world. The terrorists hate it, among other reasons, because its external facade is made up of 3000 statues of Catholic saints, so the building could never be converted to a mosque. I’m sure the logic was, well, we’re going to have to blow it up sooner or later.
It was at the Piazzale Loreto, which was then occupied by a large gas station and it today a large traffic circle in downtown Milan. It's about six stops north on the main Metropolitana subway line from the Duomo.
Very true. They looked like such nice church-going folks, too. Full of Christmas spirit. I mean spirits.
I’m just tellin’ ya’, I’ve been there . . . no way in the world to fit 40,000 people in there. Just no way.
I think landmarks like the Duomos of Milan and Florence, Saint Peter's Basilica, St. Mark's in Venice, etc. etc., are universally recognized in Italy as a prime cultural heritage. My old boss in Italy (God rest his soul) was a longtime Trotskyite who told me that if he ever retired, he'd spend his days sitting atop the Duomo with a machine gun, waiting for the first grafitti writer to approach it with a spray paint can.
Islam is a scourge on humanity.
Heck if religious buildings aren’t sacrosanct to these wackos... why don’t we just get it over with and nuke that black stone they seem so fond of?
This is not the first time, IIRC. I thought there was a plot/threat in 2001-2002 too. Ah here’s one: “After a bomb was found among the steeples of the Cathedral in Milan, vigilance has been strengthened for fear of an attack 20 December 2000 by Giovanni Paplato” http://www.endex.com/gf/buildings/ltpisa/ltpnews/2000/ltpitln122000.htm and 2004: “ Wednesday, 25 February, 2004, 20:04 GMT Terror suspects arrested in Italy
Milan’s Duomo cathedral may have been a terrorist target, reports say Italian police have arrested three North Africans suspected of plotting to bomb Milan’s metro and a cathedral in the north of the country.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3487162.stm
They hate figurative art, Christianity and Europe, This cathedral is one of the most beautiful & famous in the world. It will be a dark day when Muslims rule Europe, and it looks like it will happen, given immigration and demographics. They dont even have to be a majority. Just large enough they can threaten with ease, and I’m excluding “ordinary” terror here. They have taken over neighborhoods, cities and at least one nation.
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global jihad bump
It will make a nice mosque.
Islam: Why does this word keep coming up when terror cells are mentioned?
Bigotted western reporters, those few right-wing scribes and cableTV jockies, you know.
My policy would be this:
If you destroy a church/cathedral we destroy two mosques.
I wonder if the U.S, Israel or India will be the one to smash that Rubiks cube with the pet rock in it?
Why are Muslims allowed in civilised lands?
I don’t know, why didn’t we nke mecca in 2001?
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