Italiensk politi har arrestert fem nordafrikanere – fire tunisiere og én marokkaner – som drev verving av selvmordsbombere til Irak og Afghanistan. De finansierte virksomheten med forsikringssvindel.

Police raided houses and apartments in Bologna, Ravenna on Italy’s Adriatic coast, and Como near Milan.

The North Africans are also charged with fraud. They are alleged to have collected money from phoney car accident insurance claims to finance their operations.

They recruited and trained people willing to sacrifice their lives in terrorist attacks in war zones, the police said.

The alleged leader of the terrorist ring was a former mujahideen colonel, of unknown nationality, who had fought in Bosnia during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

Italy holds five on terror charge