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Italy continues anti-terror raids, convicts Islamic extremists for bomb plans

[JURIST] Italian police executed 200 search warrants [Reuters report] across the country Wednesday, searching for illegal arms and explosives, the public security department for the Italian Interior Ministry [official website, in Italian] announced. The raids did not lead to any immediate arrests but police are investigating a range of crimes from falsifying documents to terrorism, primarily in Milan, Rome, Turin and Naples. A similar security sweep was conducted around Milan [JURIST report] immediately after the London bombings. Also in Italy Wednesday, two Islamic extremists were convicted by an Italian judge for their involvement in a plot to attack a Milan subway station and a Cremona church. Mohamed Rafik was given a 4 year, 8 month prison sentence, while Kamel Hamroui, was sentenced to a 3 year, 4 month term. Two other suspects were cleared of all terrorism charges. Reuters has more.

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