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Italian Police Arrest 28 Pakistanis, Find Explosives, Forged Documents, Maps
AP via ABC News ^ | 31 January 2003

Posted on 01/31/2003 10:48:24 AM PST by Stultis

The Associated Press

NAPLES, Italy Jan. 31

Police arrested 28 Pakistanis found in possession of explosives, hundreds of forged documents and maps of the Naples area with "sensitive targets" circled, authorities said Friday.

In a statement, police said they had uncovered an "al-Qaida terrorist cell," but gave no further details on the Pakistanis' alleged involvement with al-Qaida or any other international terrorist group.

A police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said late Friday officers "might have gotten ahead of themselves" in announcing an al-Qaida link in the headline of their news release.

The official also dismissed Italian news reports that the Pakistanis belonged to the militant Islamic group Islamic Jihad. He said any links between those arrested and international terrorist groups still had to be verified.

Police said they picked up the 28 Pakistanis, aged 20-48, during a routine search in Naples on Thursday for illegal immigrants.

During the raid of an apartment in the city center, they uncovered 2 pounds of dynamite, 165 feet of explosive fuse and various types of detonators, the police statement said.

Another police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the combination of the materials "could have imploded a 10-story building." Police said the dynamite plus the chemicals used in the explosive fuse produced 3.3 pounds of T4, a powerful explosive even in small amounts.

The official said police also uncovered maps of Naples with "sensitive" targets circled. He refused to elaborate.

Italian news reports citing unidentified sources said the areas marked included the U.S. Consulate in Naples and NATO bases in nearby Bagnoli and Capodichino.

NATO had no immediate comment.

The U.S. Embassy was briefed on the arrests and was monitoring it closely, a U.S. official said.

Police also found hundreds of forged identity documents, hundreds of cell phones, an index of thousands of international telephone contacts and addresses, and instruction manuals on how to forge identity documents, the statement said.

In addition, religious texts in Pakistan's Urdu language and other documents were found in the apartment, as well as photos of "martyrs of the Jihad," the police statement said.

The Pakistanis have been charged with several terrorism-related crimes, the statement said.

Italian authorities over the past several months have arrested several dozen people suspected of links with international terrorism. Most of the attention has focused on suspected cells linked to al-Qaida in northern Italy, particularly Milan and Bologna.

State-run RAI television said Friday authorities were also investigating a suspected al-Qaida cell in the northern city of Turin.

The Rome daily La Repubblica reported Friday that Italian police who interviewed detainees at the U.S. base in Guantanamo, Cuba, in June spoke to two men who said they had been part of a Turin cell. But the newspaper said the Turin prosecutor has not issued any arrest warrants, apparently because of lack of firm evidence.

The Italian Interior Ministry acknowledged in January that its officials had traveled to Guantanamo to interview detainees who had lived in Italy and subsequently been picked up in Afghanistan during fighting as part of its own crackdown on suspected terrorist groups in Italy.

Last year, seven Tunisians were convicted in Milan of helping suspected al-Qaida recruits obtain false documents. Among them was Essid Sami Ben Khemais, whom Italian authorities believe was sent to Italy to oversee Osama bin Laden's operations in Europe.

None of those arrested have been accused of any direct links to the Sept. 11 attacks.


photo credit and caption:

An Italian carabiniere, right, patrols the street in Naples, southern Italy, where 28 Pakistanis, who were found in possession of large quantities of explosives, forged documents and maps of the Naples area with sensitive targets circled with a pen, where arrested, Friday, Jan. 31, 2003. Magistrates are investigating possible links with foreign terrorist groups. (AP Photo/Franco Castano')


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1 posted on 01/31/2003 10:48:25 AM PST by Stultis
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To: Stultis
Religion of Peace (tm) alert
2 posted on 01/31/2003 10:49:55 AM PST by Mr. K (all your (OPTIONAL TAG LINE) are belong to us)
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To: Stultis
Bttt
3 posted on 01/31/2003 10:51:46 AM PST by firewalk
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To: Stultis
I hope all the countries that signed that WSJ letter supporting the US are on high alert. I wish them the best!
4 posted on 01/31/2003 10:54:10 AM PST by Kieri
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To: Stultis
Police also found hundreds of forged identity documents, hundreds of cell phones, an index of thousands of international telephone contacts and addresses

The latter ought to be particularly interesting.

5 posted on 01/31/2003 10:54:41 AM PST by alley cat
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To: Stultis
Isn't Naples the home port of the Sixth Fleet and HQ of NATO's Southern Command?
6 posted on 01/31/2003 10:57:39 AM PST by colorado tanker (down with the axis of weasels)
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To: Stultis
Outstanding news.
7 posted on 01/31/2003 11:00:14 AM PST by VaBthang4
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To: Mr. K
...officers "might have gotten ahead of themselves" in announcing an al-Qaida link in the headline of their news release.

Right. They could be peace activists.

8 posted on 01/31/2003 11:04:19 AM PST by talleyman (No evidence is sufficient for those don't want to believe it.)
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To: All
More IslamaFacism for the world. Good job by the Italian police...this could have been something real nasty.

RWK
9 posted on 01/31/2003 11:05:56 AM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (UCFRW)
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To: Stultis
Police said they picked up the 28 Pakistanis, aged 20-48, during a routine search in Naples on Thursday for illegal immigrants.

That bears repeating, just to make sure the dim lurkers understand:

DURING A ROUTINE SEARCH FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

Thank God this happened in Italy,which was recently described by leftist Columnist Robert Scheer as being one of a "motley collection of nations one can buy on Ebay"

I suppose Scheer likes to vacation in France.

10 posted on 01/31/2003 11:15:16 AM PST by Michael.SF. (theclintonsarescumclintonsarescum)
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To: colorado tanker
Isn't Naples the home port of the Sixth Fleet and HQ of NATO's Southern Command?

Yes, my sister-in-law was considering a job offer for the fleet's day-care services.
I'm sending her this thread.

11 posted on 01/31/2003 11:18:07 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: Stultis
ROPMA
12 posted on 01/31/2003 11:18:43 AM PST by ChadGore
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To: Kieri
I hope all the countries that signed that WSJ letter supporting the US are on high alert. I wish them the best!

Just so we all know who are friends in Europe are, the 'Motley Crew of Eight' consist of:

England, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

I also wish them no harm. But I fear it may take a deadly operation in Europe, to wake up some of the oh, so enlightened, Euro's.

14 posted on 01/31/2003 11:21:50 AM PST by Michael.SF. (theclintonsarescumclintonsarescum)
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To: colorado tanker
Isn't Naples the home port of the Sixth Fleet and HQ of NATO's Southern Command?

Yes. It would be expected to be a departure point for naval units heading for Iraq

15 posted on 01/31/2003 11:21:59 AM PST by SauronOfMordor (To see the ultimate evil, visit the Democrat Party)
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To: talleyman
ROFL!
16 posted on 01/31/2003 11:23:07 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Nuke Saddam ( Bush is thinking about it ))
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To: Stultis
Good job Italia!

The best way to ensure peace is to kill the enemy.
17 posted on 01/31/2003 11:24:23 AM PST by MrBambaLaMamba (Buy 'Allah' brand urinal cakes - If you can't kill the enemy at least you can piss on their god)
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To: colorado tanker

Naval Regional Contracting Center Naples (NRCC Naples)

Naval Regional Contracting Center Naples (NRCC Naples) is a Navy shore activity operating under the Commander in Chief, United States Naval Forces Europe. NRCC Naples consists of a Headquarters unit and two separate detachments. The NRCC Naples Headquarters is located in Capodichino (Naples), Italy. The two detachments are NRCC Detachment London and NRCC Detachment Bahrain. The Bahrain detachment includes a satellite office in Dubai, UAE.

The mission of NRCC Naples is to provide fleet and base support for US Navy, Military Sealift and Coast Guard ships; US bases and facilities located in Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia; contingency operations; and continental US activities requiring supplies and services from Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia.

18 posted on 01/31/2003 11:24:57 AM PST by SauronOfMordor (To see the ultimate evil, visit the Democrat Party)
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To: Semper Paratus
Major busts of Al-Qaeda operations in London, Paris and now Naples. I'm grateful European LE is doing a great job, but it's obvious the bad guys are working furiously to pull off a major attack. Sooner or later they're bound to get through, I'm afraid.
19 posted on 01/31/2003 11:24:58 AM PST by colorado tanker (down with the axis of weasels)
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To: MrBambaLaMamba
Permission to beat them with a Genoa Salami (pork nightstick), has been granted. Map out the sensitive target areas, circle them in marker, and swing away.......
20 posted on 01/31/2003 11:28:55 AM PST by blackdog
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To: SauronOfMordor
The mission of NRCC Naples is to provide fleet and base support for US Navy, Military Sealift and Coast Guard ships; US bases and facilities located in Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia; contingency operations; and continental US activities requiring supplies and services from Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia.

The supply line to the Persian Gulf. Quite a target for the bad guys.

21 posted on 01/31/2003 11:30:34 AM PST by colorado tanker (down with the axis of weasels)
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To: Michael.SF.
Good God, Man!

Every 7-11 in old Napoli will be closed for days! Now if only our own Law Enforcement People, who are starting to look more and more like the people on the Jerry Springer Show, could pull off a few big busts like this.

The Eyeties made a big mistake in opening up their country to Muslims. Let's hope they can set it right. Us, too.

22 posted on 01/31/2003 11:37:31 AM PST by Kenny Bunk
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To: Stultis
The al-Qaeda roundup continues.
23 posted on 01/31/2003 11:39:44 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Stultis
But the Pakis are our friends......
24 posted on 01/31/2003 11:44:27 AM PST by Rebelbase (Rock with Celtic roots at http://www.sevennations.com)
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To: blackdog
As Osama said before he went down,

"Please shoot me in the head and then defile my corpse with a nice big capacolla!"
25 posted on 01/31/2003 11:50:06 AM PST by MrBambaLaMamba (Buy 'Allah' brand urinal cakes - If you can't kill the enemy at least you can piss on their god)
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To: MrBambaLaMamba
NOW I know why they love JJ.
26 posted on 01/31/2003 12:26:24 PM PST by mikhailovich
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To: Stultis
No doubt The Left will try to find a way to blame this on President Bush. Let's see: we're making them mad because we're declaring war on Saddam?
30 posted on 01/31/2003 12:58:13 PM PST by COBOL2Java
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To: Stultis
Here's a photo from AP as well.



Italian carabinieri show detonators and explosives seized in an apartment in Naples, Italy, on Friday, Jan. 31, 2003.

AP Photo/Franco Castano

32 posted on 01/31/2003 1:01:17 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge
Italy's certainly had it's work cut out for it in eliminating unwanted pakies. Knowying them, they've been waiting for an excuse like the events of the last 2 years to go up and down their beautiful country and rid themselves of some filth.
33 posted on 01/31/2003 1:17:41 PM PST by IvanT
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To: colorado tanker
*Sooner or later they're bound to get through, I'm afraid.*

agreed. And it will be Bush and America that somehow gets all the blame for it.
34 posted on 01/31/2003 4:17:00 PM PST by prairiebreeze ("We won't deny, ignore or pass our problems along to other Presidents" --GWBush)
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To: prairiebreeze
And it will be Bush and America that somehow gets all the blame for it.

Didn't you know America is responsible for every bad thing in the world, right down to the bad breath of the French??

35 posted on 01/31/2003 4:26:54 PM PST by colorado tanker (down with the axis of weasels)
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To: aristeides; thinden; honway; piasa
Police also found hundreds of forged identity documents, hundreds of cell phones, an index of thousands of international telephone contacts and addresses, and instruction manuals on how to forge identity documents, the statement said.

Methinks this may be a key bust. Let's hope this list of numbers and addresses are for those in the network, and not innocents whose information was used for forged documents.

Just for the record, I doubt that they just happened to get nabbed in an immigration sweep. The more of these major busts we see, the closer we are to the onset of the Iraq offensive, I think.

36 posted on 01/31/2003 4:51:45 PM PST by Lion's Cub
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To: Stultis
The Italians really are on our side, and doing a great job.

Thanks, Italy!!!!!

From the US.
37 posted on 01/31/2003 5:04:16 PM PST by MonroeDNA (What's the frequency, Kenneth?)
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To: Lion's Cub
Article on this bust in Corriere della Sera says the addresses and contacts could form the basis of further investigations. It also says some members of this cell had been working as street vendors in downtown Naples.
38 posted on 01/31/2003 5:07:24 PM PST by aristeides
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To: aristeides
Thanks for the link and that info.
39 posted on 01/31/2003 8:26:19 PM PST by Lion's Cub
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To: Stultis
It's time to flush the toilet.
40 posted on 01/31/2003 8:28:49 PM PST by Constitutional Patriot (hillary is a marxist who wants to destroy our constitution.)
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To: Stultis
[Police arrested 28 Pakistanis found in possession of explosives, hundreds of forged documents and maps of the Naples area with "sensitive targets" circled, authorities said Friday....In a statement, police said they had uncovered an "al-Qaida terrorist cell," .... Police said they picked up the 28 Pakistanis, aged 20-48, during a routine search in Naples on Thursday for illegal immigrants.

Well, well, well.

41 posted on 01/31/2003 9:33:41 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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