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Italy arrests Moroccan man accused in Tunisia Bardo attack

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ITALIAN police have arrested a Moroccan man on suspicion he helped organise and execute the March 18 attack on Tunisia’s Bardo Museum that left 22 people dead, authorities said yesterday.

Abdelmajid Touil was arrested Tuesday night on a Tunisian arrest warrant at the home of his mother and two brothers in Gaggiano, near Milan, anti-terrorism investigator Bruno Megale told reporters.

The only trace that Italian authorities had of Touil prior to his arrest was that he had arrived in Italy on February 17 along with migrants from a smuggler’s boat, police said. He was identified by authorities in Porto Empedocle, Sicily, and was subsequently issued an expulsion decree, Megale said.

Those decrees are usually given to migrants heading to Europe for economic reasons – not refugees from conflict who could apply for asylum. It’s not clear when or if he left Italy or how he might have returned.
Italian police, however, believe he went to back to Tunisia to help organise the March 18 attack in Tunis.


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