Italy is looking for five terror suspects after a tip-off from the FBI about possible jihadist attacks on landmark sites including St Peter’s cathedral in the Vatican, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Thursday.
The US embassy, meanwhile, posted a security warning on its website identifying some of Italy’s best-loved landmarks as “potential targets.”
“Since yesterday afternoon, our security forces have been working to find five people,” Gentiloni told Rai 3 television, without elaborating.
Earlier, Italian media said the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had provided five names to the Italian authorities but the agency did not give specific details on any plots. Gentiloni stressed Italy was already primed for the possibility of an attack on St Peter’s Cathedral in the Vatican, or other historic monuments such as the Duomo and La Scala theatre in Milan.