Islamist extremism “here for many decades” says top anti-terror magistrate

According to Stefano Dambruoso, Italy’s best known anti-terrorism magistrate, Islamic extremism is widespread and has been deeply rooted in Italy and Europe for decades. Dambruoso says that anti-terrorism has improved in the past six years due the introduction of the European arrest warrant, and the creation of Eurojust – a body that fights terrorism. “Generally, cooperation to fight cross-border crime has improved, and is destined to continue to do so,” said Dambruoso. He asserts that mosques should not be targeted as breeding grounds for terrorism, and that most Muslims are there to pray and congregate. However, Dambruoso remains firm that some mosques have been used to proselytize, particularly in the south of Italy, and that we should not lower our guard.