Italy's interior minister says authorities have thwarted planned terrorist attacks ahead of the country's upcoming parliamentary elections.
Giuseppe Pisanu told reporters on the sidelines of a campaign rally in Cagliari, Sardinia, that the plot targeted the Milan subway and a basilica in Bologna. He said it involved seven people and that three of them have been expelled from Italy, two are under arrest, one is under surveillance, and another is still at large.
Pisanu said the group planned to attack the San Petronio basilica in Bologna. It features a fresco that Muslim groups have said is insulting to the Prophet Muhammad.
Pisanu's remarks come as Italians are preparing for national elections on Sunday and Monday.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.