Italy Deports Jihadist Suspected of Plotting Attack on Leaning Tower of Pisa

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The Italian government has arrested and deported a Tunisian national tied to the Islamic State and suspected of planning a bombing of the leaning Tower of Pisa. The 26-year-old alleged jihadist Bilel Chiahoui was arrested earlier this week in the Tuscan city of Pisa after posting photos of “Islamic martyrs” on a Facebook profile registered under a false name, as well as declaring his desire to die a martyr in the city. Italy’s Interior Minister Angelino Alfano signed the decree of deportation not long afterward. Investigators say they have reasons to believe that the man intended to carry out a bombing attack on Pisa’s iconic leaning tower, but noted that the airport and train station were also possible targets. On August 11, Chiahoui traveled from Turin to Pisa and it was there that security agents picked him up before he could carry out his attack. On Friday afternoon, the regional prefect stated that the decision to expel Chiahoui from the country stemmed from evidence collected as part of the Italian counterterrorism activities aimed at “preventing and combating the phenomenon of so-called foreign fighters and lone wolves.” According to reports, investigators found documented links with two Tunisian foreign fighters who recently