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RESPONSE TO TERROR | IN BRIEF / ITALY

Roadblocks Set Up to Foil 'Killer Truck'

November 03, 2001|Times Wire Services

Italian authorities have put up roadblocks across the country, fearing that Muslim militants in a "killer truck" laden with explosives may attack a major road link, an Interior Ministry source said Friday.

Trucks entering main road tunnels that crisscross the center of the country were being stopped and checked, and security has been stepped up at southern ferry ports and border crossings to France, Switzerland and Austria.

"We have information on fairly good sources that there may be a killer truck in the country," the source said.

Police said two Algerians with criminal records and known links to an Algerian Muslim militant movement were detained at one roadblock.

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