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Italy expels 64 suspected Islamic extremists

Published 22/12/2015 | 13:02

Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May (C) poses for a group photo with Spain's Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz (To right of May), U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch (3rd R) and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson (2nd R), EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (Left of May), German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere (3rd L) , Italy's Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, (2nd L) and Poland's Ambassador to the UK Witold Sobk
Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May (C) poses for a group photo with Spain's Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz (To right of May), U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch (3rd R) and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson (2nd R), EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (Left of May), German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere (3rd L) , Italy's Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, (2nd L) and Poland's Ambassador to the UK Witold Sobk

Italy has expelled 64 suspected Islamic extremists in 2015 and monitored 90 foreign fighters as part of stepped-up measures to prevent attacks on its soil.

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Interior minister Angelino Alfano provided the statistics at an end-of-year press conference.

He said the latest expulsion, on Monday, involved a 30-year-old Moroccan living in Bologna who allegedly backed the Islamic State group on social media.

Mr Alfano said such people are expelled when prosecutors do not have enough evidence to arrest them.

He said 18 of the 90 foreign fighters under surveillance had died overseas.

On immigration, Mr Alfano said 144,200 migrants had disembarked in Italy in 2015, all but 71 of them setting off from Libya.

Italy granted asylum to 42% of the 66,266 people who requested protection in 2015, he added.

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