Four alleged jihadists will appear in court accused of plotting to kidnap British diplomats abroad.
Italian authorities who co-ordinated the simultaneous early-morning raids said the men – aged between 32 and 52 – were part of an al-Qaeda splinter group using the “dark web” to recruit suicide bombers, establish “sleeper cells” inside Europe and attack targets overseas.
The four – named in Italian media as Awat Wahab Hamasalih from Birmingham; Hamad e Bakr Rahim, from Hull; Zana Abdul Rahman, of Derby; and Kadir Sharif, from Sheffield – were detained under
European Arrest Warrants issued by Italy and are due to appear at Westminster magistrates’ court in west London on Friday.
They are are all believed to have been granted refugee status in Britain from Iraq.