Spain, Italy to set up anti-terrorism unit

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1 December 2004, CUENCA- Spain and Italy plan to create bi-national counter-terrorism units to investigate and exchange intelligence about radical Islamic groups and their support networks, including companies, businesses and non-governmental organizations with ties to terrorist cells.

1 December 2004

CUENCA- Spain and Italy plan to create bi-national counter-terrorism units to investigate and exchange intelligence about radical Islamic groups and their support networks, including companies, businesses and non-governmental organizations with ties to terrorist cells.

The interior ministers of Spain, Jose Antonio Alonso, and Italy, Guiseppe Pisanu, agreed the proposal at the end of the Spanish-Italian summit, political sources said.

They decided, at Alonso's suggestion, to exchange police experts to patrol routes authorities suspect are currently being used by terrorist groups or organized crime networks to get into either country.

In addition, both countries will step up controls and surveillance of members or collaborators of the Basque terrorist group ETA who try to hide out in Italy.

Alonso and Pisanu also agreed to create a rapid alert system for the theft of weapons and explosives, as Spain did last week with Portugal.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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