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Italy Expels 64 Extremists, Eyes 90 Foreign Fighters

  • Associated Press

FILE - A soldier is seen on patrol in front of the Colosseum in Rome, Nov. 14, 2015. Italy increased its security measures following the November 13 Paris terror attacks.

FILE - A soldier is seen on patrol in front of the Colosseum in Rome, Nov. 14, 2015. Italy increased its security measures following the November 13 Paris terror attacks.

Italy says it expelled 64 suspected Islamic extremists in 2015 and monitored 90 foreign fighters as part of stepped-up measures to prevent attacks on Italian soil.

Interior Minister Angelino Alfano provided the statistics at an end-of-year press conference Tuesday.

Alfano said the latest expulsion, on Monday, involved a 30-year-old Moroccan living in Bologna who allegedly backed the Islamic State group on social media. Alfano said such people are expelled when prosecutors don't have enough evidence to arrest them.

He said 18 of the 90 foreign fighters under surveillance had died overseas.

On immigration, Alfano said 144,200 migrants had disembarked in Italy in 2015, all but 71 of them setting off from Libya.

Italy granted asylum to 42 percent of the 66,266 people who requested protection in 2015, Alfano said.

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