An Iraqi terrorist was busted in Venice, Italy today. A member of Saddam’s Baathist Party, Saber Fadhi Hussien, is also suspected of being the leader of an Al-Qaeda cell.
His group was planning on using ultra-light helicopters in their terror attacks inside Iraq.
Venice, 1 Oct. (AKI) – Italian police have arrested an Iraqi man on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack on US military bases in Iraq. Saber Fadhi Hussien, was detained near Venice last Friday during an early morning raid, Carabinieri paramilitary police said.
Hussien, a former member of late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s disbanded Baath Party, is allegedly the head of an al-Qaeda cell. He was arrested at the airport as he was boarding a plane bound for Damascus, via the Romanian capital, Bucharest.
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The cell was allegedly planning attacks using suicide bombers, anti-tank weapons and ultra-light helicopters, according to investigators. They said Hussien was intending to travel to Syria and meet a contact for al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Police said he had been in touch with aides of the group’s founder, the late Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, killed last year in Iraq by a US airstrike.
The ultra-light helicopters can fly low enough to avoid radar and could transport up to 250 kilogrammes of explosives. It is believed to be the first time terrorist groups in Iraq have considered using light aircraft to overcome the tight security surrounding international forces in the country.
Related: The News Junkie is reporting on a terror bust in Austria today at the US Embassy.