‘Jihad pills’ found by Dutch and Italian police

Dutch police are searching for two suspects after a drugs laboratory was found with a large stash of pills favoured by jihadists.

Police have only just revealed the discovery last month of fake “Captagon” pills and say they do not know if they were destined for the Middle East.

Meanwhile, Italy’s financial police revealed this week they had uncovered 37.5m pills of another drug, tramadol, also used by Islamist fighters.

The cargo was heading for Libya.

Tramadol is a synthetic opioid-like drug used as a painkiller.

Italian police said the consignment had come from India and would have been used for two purposes: to help finance Islamist terrorism and for use by jihadist fighters as a stimulant and to heighten resistance to physical stress.