Italy arrests Syrians with false passports, ISIS photos: Report

ROME (AFP) - Italian police have arrested two Syrians trying to travel to Malta on false passports who had Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) related images on their phones, local media reported Thursday.

The two men, aged 19 and 30, were apprehended at Bergamo airport near Milan late Wednesday after presenting Austrian and Norwegian passports but answering only to Arabic, the Eco di Bergamo daily said.

They had been trying to board a flight to Malta. Security officials who searched their mobile phones found photographs related to the militant ISIS group, it said.

The 30-year-old was also captured posing with a submachine gun, though he insisted it was a photograph of his cousin.

The younger man reportedly said he kept the images on his telephone in memory of his dead brother.

Italian security services have been on high alert following coordinated gun and suicide attacks in Paris last Friday claimed by ISIS, and warnings from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation over possible militant attacks at Italy's historical sites.