A devotee of the Islamic State was planning to poison the water supply in a Sardinian town, but was arrested by police before he could carry out the attack. He is said to be of “unknown origin”, but arrived in Italy from Lebanon. Some reports describe him as a Palestinian.
Below is a report about the arrest from ANSA (Hat tip Insubria):
Anti-Terrorism Operation Near Nuoro
ISIS affiliate ‘planned to put rat poison in water supply’
(ANSA) — Rome, November 28 — Police officers belonging to the special NOCS unit staged an operation to stop a suspected Islamist terrorist at Macomer in the Sardinian province of Nuoro on Wednesday, sources said. A 38-year-old ISIS-affiliated jihadi suspected of planning to put rat poison in the water supply was arrested, the sources said.
He was also said to be planning to use chemical weapons.
Police described him as a “lone wolf”.
He was said to be a foreigner of so far unknown origin, who came to Italy from Lebanon, sources said. He had been living at Macomer with a Moroccan woman.
The man was caught while trying to make a getaway aboard a van.
|00:00||He had planned an attack on our country by using an extremely powerful poison — ricin or anthrax.|
|00:06||The target was possibly [unintelligible] contamination of Macomer in Sardinia,|
|00:10||where the Islamic terrorist resided, possibly|
|00:13||in imitation of another failed attack in Lebanon in which he collaborated with this cousin.|
|00:18||The terrorist, Al Ahmad Amin— a soldier of ISIS — is Lebanese with a Palestinian passport,|
|00:24||with a regular residence permit for Italy for him and his family,|
|00:28||a Moroccan wife and three children, not connected, however, to the attack.|
|00:31||… it was the first case in which the project was poisoning,|
|00:35||and therefore, the use of poisonous substances,|
|00:38||and the first time in the area of the arrests that have been carried out in Italy — numerous —|
|00:43||a project of this type was talked about.|
|00:48||He was living on subsidies of the community of Macomer, but|
|00:51||in spite of his apparent economic difficulty, he never sought work,|
|00:54||and he traveled (back and forth) often by air to Lebanon. He was betrayed by a (tip)|
|00:58||last September from the Lebanese general prosecutor,|
|01:01||who arrested the cousin, who wanted to poison a caserne of the Lebanese army with delecina (?),|
|01:06||a natural and very potent toxic synthesized at home.|
|01:09||What has struck us is the search for toxic substances, but also|
|01:14||for toxic substances which are not commercially available in Italy.|
|01:21||The investigation has not revealed if these [unintelligible] poisons were hidden or|
|01:25||had yet been acquired. Obviously, there is the certainty that a terrorist has been arrested.