Italy arrested an “IS teenager” with links to the Vienna striker

A member of Ussud Al-Anbar (Anbar Lions), a jihadist group belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an al-Qaeda interest group in Iraq, holds a trademark of a black-and-white Islamist flag.  (File, AFP)

A member of Ussud Al-Anbar (Anbar Lions), a jihadist group belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an al-Qaeda interest group in Iraq, holds a trademark of a black-and-white Islamist flag. (File, AFP)

Italian police arrested a 19-year-old Italian pro-Italian woman on Wednesday, accused of belonging to an Islamic state group, who was said to be “willing to be a martyr” and had links to a Vienna attacker.

The woman, who was only identified by the initials BT, was married to a Kosovar who was related to the shooter Kujtim Fejzulai, who killed four people in the Austrian capital last year before police shot him to death, the Interior Ministry said.

BT, which had been radicalized at the age of 16, had recently moved from Kosovo to Milan, but had been in constant contact with her husband and other Isis supporters at home, it said.

Police found jihadist material on his phone as well as photos of well-known Isis attackers.

They also identified more than 2,000 messages from chat groups that provided material and ideological support to the IS, saying BT had communicated “with the wives of the fighters” and in some cases provided advice to new entrants.

One message from the police said:

We should celebrate your wedding with AK47. We need to celebrate, we will not leave any unbelievers apparently Haahahha. All down !!!! Blood everywhere.

Another praised teacher Samuel Paty’s severance in France last October and said it was “a lesson for all the other teachers. He deserved it!”

Police released an audio recording in which they said the woman sang her allegiance to IS and said she was willing to sacrifice her life.

“He declared he was ready to become a martyr,” Milan prosecutor Alberto Nobili said at a news conference, describing the woman’s messages as “chilling.”


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