Italian police arrested a Moroccan man early Thursday on suspicion of plotting an attack against a Milan synagogue, while authorities in Britain detained a woman possibly linked to the alleged plot.
The chief suspect, identified only as a 20-year old worker who had lived in Italy since age 6, was arrested in the northern city of Brescia, 60 miles east of Milan.
Italian authorities also confiscated a computer they say contains plans for the attack, including details of the synagogue’s security detail and potential access points.
Anti-terrorism investigators identified the suspect from Internet traffic including a Facebook page on how to assemble explosives, and sought the arrest warrant after receiving information that the man was receiving weapons training.
In Britain, Scotland Yard said the 40-year-old woman was detained in the early hours of Thursday morning on suspicion of collecting information useful to terrorism. Authorities were searching the residence where she was arrested, and Scotland Yard was in contact with Italian authorities to determine if there was a link between the woman and the alleged plot.
The arrest warrant for the Moroccan man was issued by authorities in Sardinia, who first identified the suspect during another investigation.