Italian police arrest 2 Bosnian Jihad veterans

ROME-Anti-terrorism police said Friday they have arrested two Algerians in an investigation into Islamic extremists who allegedly came to Italy after fighting in Bosnia during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.

The two men, both in their 40s, were picked up Thursday evening in the northern Italian town of Parma after they were found carrying false Italian identity documents, said Claudio Galzerano, a top anti-terrorism police official in Rome.

Galzerano said the two had left Bosnia after the war along with other militants from the Muslim world who had flocked to the former Yugoslav republic to join the fight against Serb militias.

The two were being held only for dealing in false documents, Galzerano said. It was not know if they were planning any other specific crime, and their arrest grew out of Italy’s “preventive strategy” against Islamic extremism, he said.

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