Italian police arrest pro-ISIS trio over suspected Venice bomb plot

Italian police have arrested three Kosovars on suspicion of operating a jihadist cell that had discussed blowing up the historic Rialto bridge in Venice.

VENICE (REUTERS) - Italian police arrested three Kosovars sympathetic to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Thursday (March 30) on suspicion of operating a militant cell that had discussed blowing up the historic Rialto bridge in Venice.

A minor from Kosovo was also detained to prevent him from interfering with the probe, police said.

All had papers allowing them to live legally in Italy.

Police had been monitoring the group since last year.

They tapped their phones, bugged their apartments and followed their online communications, and what emerged was "disturbing and worrying", the prosecutor said.

The group had expressed unconditional support for ISIS, he added.

Those arrested had celebrated after a deadly March 22 attack in London, the prosecutor said, adding that one had commented: "Considering how many infidels there are in Venice, we could get to heaven right away by putting a bomb on the Rialto bridge."