Security beefed up in Rome amidst new ISIS threats

Published on : Thursday, August 4, 2016

Colosseum in RomeItaly has beefed up security at Rome’s Colosseum, a major tourist attraction in the nation following threats of terrorist attacks. Security has also been strengthened at the different other religious sites in the city amidst criticism over security failures.

Security was added to the major parts of Rome following the release of a 35-minute video that has threatened to ‘conquer Rome’. The video reportedly portrays the people from Isis or the Islamic State. Another video showed a German tourist who climbed up the Colosseum of Rome, throwing questions about the security arrangement at this popular historical monument.

Even in the past, Italy has been on the receiving end of terror threats. Moreover, the sea of migrants entering the nation has raised security concerns as well. Also, the latest terrorist attacks in Germany, Belgium and France have triggered the raised security measures that have been adopted in the country.

Andrea Orlando, justice minister of Italy said that there are over 15 people in Italian prisons who run a risk for radicalization. He also said that a ‘sweeping probe’ needs to be conducted within the migrant group to identify if the refugees are associated with any terrorist groups or the IS.

This has been discovered after two recent arrests in the nation, one of them a Pakistani and the other a Syrian. These two people are suspected to have links with terrorist groups. Mahmoud Jrad, the 23-year-old Syrian man had been arrested as he was suspected to join Jabhat al-Nusra, former al-Qaeda associate.

The Pakistani national, Aftab Farooq allegedly pledged his allegiance to the IS. He is the former captain of the Italian youth cricket team. The media stated that this 26-year-old man was secretly planning to attack the city with a bomb. He was caught discussing attacks targets on wire-tap, planning to attack an airport in Bergamo and a wine shop in Milan.

Over 800 police personnel have been deployed by the Rome police in order to protect the churches and other religious centres in the nation. The police have also kept a strong vigil in crowded places like shopping centres. They also plan to keep a tab on visitors through new access controls placed in Colosseum, according to Nicolo D’Angelo, police chief of Rome.

The other places that have been provided tight security are St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican museums.

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