Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Monday 18 January |
Saint of the Day: Bl. Maria Teresa Fasce

Illegal Immigrants Attack Soldiers at St. Mary Major, Shouting "Allahu Akbar"

Santa Maria Maggiore

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 12/16/15

From The International Business Times:

Italian police arrested two illegal migrants, who attacked soldiers on patrol outside a historic Rome Basilica as part of security arrangements for jubilee celebrations. The assailants shouted Islamic slogans and attempted to snatch the officers’ weapons but were instead subdued, authorities said. The incident occurred outside the Patriarchal Basilica of St Mary Major, Rome’s largest Catholic Marian church, which dates back to the fifth century and is situated mid-way between the Colosseum and the main train station. Police identified the attackers only as F.A. and D.E. − a Palestinian and a Tunisian aged around 40 and 30 years, saying the two men, who were not armed, uttered “offensive remarks” and slogans “exalting Allah” before charging the military patrol. Local media reports said they shouted the Islamic phrase “Allahu Akbar” (God is great). As they were restrained by security forces, the pair urged onlookers to come to their aid and they are thus facing charges of incitement to terrorism, in addition to resisting arrest and making threats. Upon arrest they were brought to a local police station, where they continued to use offensive language, lambasting against police and EU countries in Arabic and Italian.

ANSA notes: 

 They were charged with resisting and threatening an officer and instigation to commit a crime with intent to commit terrorist acts, slapped with an expulsion order, and taken to a migrant reception center in the southern city of Bari prior to repatriation. A background check revealed they had several expulsion orders pending, police said.
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in eight languages: English, French, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
DAD, HOW DO I?
Cerith Gardiner
Meet the dad who's teaching basic skills on Y...
LUXOR FILM FESTIVAL
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful...
DAD, HOW DO I?
Cerith Gardiner
Meet the dad who's teaching basic skills on Y...
SAINT RITA CASCIA
Bret Thoman, OFS
Traces of miracles remain at the birthplace o...
Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP
Reasons Catholics should read the Bible
POPE JOHN PAUL II
Philip Kosloski
St. John Paul II's formula for defeating evil...
Philip Kosloski
What is the Holy Cloak of St. Joseph?
See More