Somali Muslim migrant, Mohsin Ibrahim Omar, 20 with ties to the Islamic State, was arrested for plotting terror attacks on Churches during Christmas. Omar reportedly said in reference to the attack while praising martyrdom: “When one is killed in the way of Allah, glory is with him, and he is not dead.”
BREITBART Interrogated by police in Bari Saturday, Omar does not describe himself as a terrorist but said that “if God wants it, if it helps the cause, you have to do it, you have to kill.”
In an operation involving multiple Italian and international law enforcement agencies, police arrested 20-year-old Mohsin Ibrahim Omar, also known as Anas Khalil, in the southern Italian port city of Bari last Thursday, Italian media reported on Monday.
According to reports, Omar was in direct contact with an operational jihadist cell and had active plans to target Christian churches during the upcoming Christmas holidays, starting with the “biggest one”, Saint Peter’s Basilica.
Italian counter-terror police have had Omar under constant surveillance and decided to arrest him now because he posed an imminent threat.
“The urgency to carry out the restrictive measure,” investigators stated, “was dictated by references to the elaboration of possible hostile projects in relation to the upcoming Christmas festivities and churches, as places frequented only by Christians.”
The man arrived in Italy in November 2016 “to carry out attacks outside the borders of the Islamic State.” Omar first arrived in Sicily, then he moved north to Emilia Romagna where he obtained a residence permit for humanitarian reasons, and for the last year was living in Puglia where he worked for a cleaning company.