Rome (dpa) – Islamic terrorists planned to blow up a cathedral, two underground stations and a police building in northern Italy, a court in Milan heard Thursday.
Zouaoui Choki, a Tunisian supergrass, told judges he was part of a sleeper terrorist cell charged with collecting funds and recruiting would-be suicide bombers. But the group was also planning an attack, which should have been carried out in 2002.
Choki claimed his accomplices planned to blow up Cremona’s main cathedral using a green Renault 14 car packed with C4 plastic explosive obtained in Florence. They also planned to carry an attack on two crowded underground stations in Milan and a police building in the same city.
The Duomo di Cremona was chosen as a “symbol of Christianity” and because its central location meant it was “very crowded, particularly in the evening”, Chokri was quoted by the Ansa news agency as saying.
The suspect was giving evidence in a trial involving six alleged Islamic terrorists.
The trial stems from an investigation that has already led to the conviction of two people on charges of international terrorism.
Dozens of suspects have been arrested in Italy on charges of international terrorism in recent years. All but two of them were eventually released by police or acquitted in court for lack of evidence.