ISLAMIC State militants will attack Italy soon and there could be a massive loss of life, warns one of the country’s top police chiefs.
Franco Gabrielli shocked Italians by saying terrorists with ISIS links had already come “very close” to committing atrocities on a grand scale in the past.
He has pledged to boost the police force by 1,000 officers in a bid to keep the public safe and has increased shooting practice drills for his trigger shy officers.
“We are seeing today a different kind of terrorism from the past. But I think we should really give a message of quiet confidence.”
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“I say it openly: we will have to pay a price as well.
“The investigations, often subsequent to repatriations, have shown that most people arrested in our country with links to ISIS were very close to actually carrying out attacks and killing others.”
“There are things to do about this issue, but there are also facts that prove how we are.”