Italian Authorities Arrest Terrorists Who Plotted Vatican Attack

Matthew 24:10,11 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

A massive anti-terrorism operation in Italy has arrested several terrorists including one cell that had plans for an attack on the Vatican.

Authorities say that some of the cell members had contact with Osama bin Laden before his 2011 death and that they had recordings of the exchanges from wiretaps.

Prosecutor Mauro Mura said that intelligence showed the group had planned attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan along with domestic attacks.  The plot against the Vatican first came up among the terrorists in 2010 discussions.

Police say some of the suspects arrested Friday had been under surveillance for a decade.

The group was also smuggling currency to other terror networks.  One of the suspects arrested today was captured on a flight from Italy to Pakistan with 55,000 euros.

Investigators say the group tried to grow by smuggling migrants into Italy.  They would attempt to recruit the migrants to be a part of the al-Qaeda network.

The raids, which police called a “first-of-its-kind operation”also took out the terrorist’s headquarters on the island of Sardinia.

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