Wednesday, September 07, 2005
In at least one case, suspected Islamic terrorists discussed attacking a 12th-century cathedral, the Duomo, in the northern city of Cremona. The suspects were arrested and convicted on terrorism charges earlier this year. Italy heightened its security levels following the July 7 attacks in London, which killed 52 people and four suspected suicide bombers. Security has been stepped up at airports, train stations, embassies and other sensitive sites across the country. Authorities have also focused on Italy's immense artistic heritage, which draws millions of visitors every year. Last month, security was increased at the Colosseum, including metal detectors and closed-circuit TV cameras. Pilgrims and tourists already pass through metal detectors to get into St. Peter's Basilica.