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Published on August 19, 2005 8:00 PM | Comments

From ADN KRONOS International:

Rome, 17 August (AKI) - Rome and Milan are to be the first of seven Italian cities where Italy's interior ministry is planning simulated terrorist attacks in September to give the country's security forces practice in how to cope with such events. Similar operations will follow in Naples, Turin, Florence, Bologna and Venice, the ministry announced. The risk of a terrorist act in Italy remains high, according to interior minister Giuseppe Pisanu.

"It will be incumbent on the interior ministry to coordinate all necessary actions in the event of an attack on Italy by Islamist extremists," he said. Pisanu this week signed the first of three decrees converting into law a series of anti-terror measures that have been in place since 2 August. These include restrictions on commercial activities, transport, access to explosives, and the obligation for Internet cafe owners to obtain and record the personal data of clients.

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