Italian police detained eight men on Wednesday responsible for smuggling people on a speedboat from Tunisia to Sicily, with investigators warning that some of the smuggled passengers could be terrorists. The detained men include two Italians, and most of the others are of Tunisian nationality.
Police are now searching for a man from Tunisia in charge of the illegal smuggling operation; he was also spreading Daesh* propaganda via Facebook and is wanted for fuelling terrorism.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini praised the operation on Twitter, urging people smugglers and terrorists to "stay home".
Altro che farne sbarcare altri o andarli a prendere con barconi e aerei, stiamo lavorando per rimandarne a casa un bel po’😊— Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi) 9 января 2019 г.
Scafisti e terroristi: a casa!!!https://t.co/Nzj832EYVR
Since 2015, Europe has been facing an acute migration crisis, with scores of refugees arriving there, fleeing conflicts and poverty in the Middle East and North Africa. Hundreds of thousands of migrants are still trying to reach Western EU states using various routes, including via Italy, Greece, Turkey and the Balkans.
*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State) is a terrorist group banned in Russia and many other countries.