(Newsweek) – Four Arrested in Italy and Kosovo Over Pope Threat: Reports

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican December 2. Four men were reportedly arrested in Italy and Kosovo for making threats against the pope on social media. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

Four alleged extremists with connections to the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) are accused of making threats against Pope Francis and have been arrested by Italian and Kosovan police, AP reports.

Three suspects were arrested on Tuesday in Italy while one ethnic Albanian suspect, whom authorities describe as the group’s leader, was arrested in Kosovo. A pistol and rifle were seized from the suspect in Kosovo, and two of the men detained in Italy were being removed from the country under anti-terrorism legislation.

Reuters reports the ringleader’s name as Samet Imishti, who had combat experience outside Kosovo, according to Italian authorities, and that all four men are of Kosovan origin.

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