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Six terror suspects held in Rome

By CNN Producer Flavia Taggiasco

ROME, Italy (CNN) -- Police in Rome have arrested six men linked to two terrorist groups.

One man, a Pakistani, was arrested on Friday morning as he arrived on a flight from the Middle East at Fiumicino Airport outside the Italian capital, an investigative magistrate told CNN.

A man who was travelling with him was also detained, but authorities predicted he would be released shortly.

Five other men -- an Algerian, a Tunisian and three whose origin had not been determined -- were arrested overnight.

They have been charged with links to organised crime, including affiliation with terrorist groups.

U.S. Embassy sources said Italian police told them there appeared to be no connection between Friday's arrests and the arrests last week for "subversive association" of nine Moroccans, who were found with large amounts of a cyanide compound and embassy maps.

The embassy sources added that there was no indication the people arrested on Friday had plans to target the U.S. Embassy. Italian authorities would not say what the charges are.




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