The party of Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni wants a moratorium on the building of mosques, citing fears of "terrorism," the Turin daily La Stampa reported Thursday.
The anti-immigration Northern League, the main ally of conservative Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, made the demand after two men were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of planning attacks in and near Milan, Italy's northern economic hub.
"These arrests show that Islamist terrorism is entrenched in Italy, and that we must be vigilant," Maroni told the paper. "Unfortunately it is not easy to distinguish between places of worship and those that recruit terrorists and finance the planning of attacks," he said.
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