Italy arrests network accused of money laundering and financing jihadists

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May 10 2018

Italian authorities arrested a total of 14 people, of which ten are suspected of money laundering and financing jihadists through the illegal distribution of money across European borders. They were arrested in Brescia, Italy following a search of some 20 properties in the northern city.

The other four detainees are suspected of being militants in a support cell for the al-Qaeda-affiliated extremist group al-Nusra Front. They were arrested on the island of Sardinia. Initially, al-Nusra Front was al-Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria, but has since branched out to form links with other jihadist groups across the region.