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Italy to crack down on 'secret' mosques
The Italian government intends to close down clandestine mosques in the country as part of the fight against terrorism, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano announced Friday.
"In Italy, we have four mosques and over 800 places of Muslim worship," said Alfano. "We are going to close the clandestine and unregulated places, not to hamper the religion but so that it can be practised in places which are in order," he added in comments published by the local press.
The minister was speaking at a meeting in the southern town of Lecce on the subject of terrorist risks and the influence of so-called "garage Islam" -- the non-registered places of worship where many of the estimated one million Muslims living in Italy go to pray.
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