Italian prosecutors say police have arrested two foreigners suspected of plotting terror attacks on targets near Milan.

Italy's ANSA news agency says the suspects are Moroccan nationals with suspected links to al-Qaida.  The report says the two, identified as Rachid Ilhami and Gafir Abdelkader, were planning attacks on a supermarket and a nightclub parking lot outside Milan.  Authorities say additional attacks were planned on police stations in the area.

The report says wiretaps showed the suspects initially planned to use a van packed with explosives, but later decided to use oxygen canisters.

ANSA says police also seized a cultural center near Milan, where one of the suspects worked as a preacher.

Both suspects are thought to have lived in Italy for several years.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.