Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro has laid down the law in his Country. He has ordered his police officers to shoot anyone who shouts ‘Allahu Akbar’ – rather than risk another terrorist attack.
He said: “If you go to St Mark’s Square, run and shout, we’ll shoot you down after three steps.”
“We will continue to increase it because we must make the city and its citizens feel that we are there, that we are able to react.”
He stated that it is now time to stop with “naïve optimism” and address terrorism head-first.
He said: “Let’s be clear: it’s the end of do-gooders.
“If you want to kill me, I’ll defend myself. We defend ourselves in Venice.”
Europe has seen a terrorist attack every seven days. Many leaders have stated that the people should just learn to live with these attacks, and that terrorism is just ‘part of life’.
Italian investigators believe that a number of Islamic State fighters from Libya have slipped into Europe by infiltrating a scheme designed to give hospital treatment to wounded regular Libyan government soldiers, The Guardian reported.
A Italian intelligence document seen by the Guardian reveals a complex network in which, from 2015, members of Isis and others linked to jihadi movements have infiltrated Europe pretending to be injured, so as to be treated in clinics and then freed to move elsewhere in Europe and the Middle East.
“Elements of Isis are involved in the smuggling of the wounded men from Libya and are using this strategy to travel out of Libya with false passports,” the document says.
The Italian intelligence document focuses on a western-backed health project for the rehabilitation and care of injured Libyans, saying it is being run in “a doubtful and ambiguous way”, even though it is overseen by the UN-recognised government of national accord based in Tripoli. It suggests the Libyan government has been unwittingly paying the travel expenses of Isis members, confusing them with legitimate fighters.
Diplomats and health sector managers have been using a scheme called the Comitato Assistenza Feriti Libici (Centre for the Support of Injured Libyans) to apply for special visas to take wounded soldiers for treatment in Europe.
But Italian intelligence believes an unknown number of Isis fighters have infiltrated the scheme using false passports supplied to them by a criminal network, including corrupt officials. It says it discovered in early 2016 that Isis had seized control of the passport office in Sirte and stolen as many as 2,000 blank documents.
The phrase in Arabic for ‘God is greatest’ has been shouted in multiple terrorist incidents across the continent, The Mirror reports.
The Times reports that Italian mayor Luigi Brugnaro claimed that his city Venice was safer than Barcelona – where 14 people died being run down by a van last week.
Speaking at a conference in Rimini, north east Italy, he further revealed the extraordinary order he has given to armed police at one of the most popular tourist attractions in Europe.
Brugnaro was applauded by delegates when he said: “In contrast with Barcelona, where they had not set up protection, we keep our guard up.
“If anyone runs into St Mark’s Square shouting ‘Allahu Akhbar’, we will take him down.”
“A year ago I said within four paces, now within three. I will say it in Venetian: ‘Ghe Sparemo’ (We will shoot him).”
He went on to recall the arrest in March of four suspected jihadists who allegedly planned to kill hundreds of tourist by blowing up the world famous Rialto bridge.
He added: “They wanted to go to Allah. But we’ll send them straight to Allah before they can do any damage.”
Video has subsequently emerged of the left-wing mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, rushing up to Brugnaro after the speech shouting “Allahu Akbar!” and laughing.
He has since taken to Facebook to apologise for his actions.
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Mr Nardella said: “I apologize for some comments in an online video. It was not my intention to offend anyone, not least the Muslim community, nor to joke about their religion or neither to reference the tragic events of our times.
“In fact, during that video, I distance myself from the statement (made) by my colleague Brugnaro about Muslims during his speech at the Rimini meeting.”
Last night Luigi Brugnaro added: “I have never been politically correct, in fact I am politically correct and that’s why we also need a naval blockade against people coming into Italy from north Africa.”
The phrase is first believed to have been used by the Prophet Muhammad in the 7th century before going into battle.
It first resurfaced in connection with modern atrocities in notes made by the 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta found after the attack on the World Trade Center.
He wrote: “Shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ because this strikes fear in the hearts of the non-believers.”
The phrase was used as inspiration by the killers of Lee Rigby in London and witnesses reported hearing the attackers at the Bataclan in Paris shouting out the phrase.
Nobody from the Venice police department has commented.