ROME – Italian police on Wednesday arrested in dawn raids 10 people from two families who were allegedly about to leave the country to fight in Syria as part of a vast anti-terrorism operation, ANSA sources said. In a separate operation, Carabinieri police arrested two North African people – a Tunisian and a Moroccan – as part of a probe by Rome prosecutors into an alleged al-Qaeda-inspired Islamist cell planning attacks in Italy.
The first set of arrests were made in provinces of Milan, Bergamo and Grosseto and in a town in Albania. Four of the suspects were Italian converts to Islam. Five Albanians and a Canadian national were also arrested. Among those arrested were the parents and sister of Maria Giulia Sergio, a 27-year-old Italian convert to Islam who in 2011 married Aldo Kobuzi, an Albanian man who trained in Iraq for jihad.
Sergio’s father, mother, and sister were converts to Islam.
Sources say Sergio – who goes by the name “Fatima Az Zahra” on Facebook – and Kobuzi, along with Kobuzi’s mother, are currently fighting with ISIS in Syria.
Update: The reports are a bit confusing but it appears a “so called” Canadian woman is being sought for having radicalized some of those arrested but she may be currently in Syria or elsewhere. She is likely the “Canadian” mentioned in the initial report
“A Canadian woman suspected of converting and radicalising the young newlywed and her family is also being sought by police.”