The Italian government is to crack down on illegal mosques due to fears they could be used as breeding grounds for terror attacks. The secret places of worship have been set up due to difficulties in obtaining proper permits, report's critics. Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano made the announcement on Friday, adding that there are four mosques and over 800 places of worship for Muslims living in Italy.
Alfano said that the influence of so-called “garage Islam” has posed a terrorist risk, referring to unregistered mosques. However, critics say that underground places of worship are thriving because of a lack of official mosques in the country. The shortage, they say, is because it is often difficult to bypass the necessary paperwork to set up the religious buildings.
The interior minister’s comments come after Italy said it would spend €1 billion ($1.06 billion) on extra security measures, following the Paris terror attacks on November 13.
The Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced that €500 million ($529 million) will be spent on ramping up cybersecurity and modernizing the police force, while a further €500 million will go to the country’s armed forces.
INC News, 28/11/2015 - via RT