Italian authorities erected
roadblocks last week across the country, fearing that Muslim militants in
a "killer truck" laden with explosives may attack a major road link,
according to published reports. Media reports said security forces believed
the truck might contain one or two tons of explosives - enough to destroy
"We have information
on fairly good sources that there may be a killer truck in the country,"
a government source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the Corriere
della Sera newspaper. "We will keep up roadblocks until we find it or
until the threat passes."
Trucks entering main
road tunnels that crisscross the center of the country were being stopped
last week for thorough checks, while security was also stepped up at southern
ferry ports and border crossings to France, Switzerland and Austria.
Fears of an imminent
attack surfaced early last week and a government official sent an internal
memo to security forces warning that All Saints long weekend (Thursday to
Sunday) was a high-risk period. The newspaper quoted security sources Friday
as saying a group of Afghan activists carrying passports from European Union
countries was believed to be behind the alleged plan.
The Italian government
has assigned an extra 4,000 soldiers and paramilitary police to guard military
camps and other installations, including the half-dozen U.S. and NATO bases
scattered around the country.