Italian police investigating the deadly attack on a Tunis museum in March said on Wednesday they had arrested a Moroccan man who arrived in Europe on an illegal migrant boat.

Majid Touil, 22, was detained on Tuesday evening in the northern Italian town of Gaggiano. He was known to have travelled to Italy in February on a migrant boat, and was living with his mother and two older brothers near Milan.

“A Moroccan national, wanted internationally, was arrested yesterday evening in a town in the Milan region. The Tunisian authorities suspect him of having taken part in the Bardo attack,” said a police spokesman.

It is not clear whether, or how, he returned to Tunisia for the terror attack in which 21 tourists died, but his arrest will raise fears of links between the Mediterranean human traffickers and Islamist groups.

Italian police said Touil was wanted for premeditated murder, kidnapping and terrorism, according to the police. Police seized papers and USB flash drives from his house.

Touil entered Italy illegally in February with a boatload of 90 migrants. He was then issued with an order to leave, said Bruno Megale, Italy’s anti-terrorism police chief, but it was not clear whether Touil had actually been expelled.

Touil’s brother told Italian news agency Ansa that he had not left Italy since February.

“My brother is innocent, he has not committed any crime. He arrived on a boat like many others, and from that moment he did not leave again,” he said.

Right-wing politicians seized upon the arrest to call for a crackdown on migrant arrivals.

Matteo Salvini, head of the anti-immigration Northern League party, called for the Schengen agreement allowing free movement between most continental European states to be suspended.

“Libyan intelligence says boats are arriving with Islamic State terrorists. Today in my Milan a North African was arrested for involvement in the Tunisian massacre. Close the borders before it’s too late,” said Mr Salvini.

Daniela Santanche, a hard-right politician from Silvio Berlusconi’s Go Italy party, also condemned the government.

It is “unbelievable that this government, instead of defending us from cutthroats, has transformed Italy into a useful platform for terrorists,” Ms Santanche said.

Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, thanked the police for capturing the suspect, but was inundated by demands to explain the affair to parliament. Angelino Alfano, the interior minister, faced calls to resign.

The attack on the Bardo National Museum on March 18 left 24 people dead: two gunmen, a Tunisian policeman and tourists from Italy, Japan, France, Spain, Colombia, Australia, Britain, Belgium, Poland and Russia.

Visitors getting off buses outside the museum were gunned down by two black-clad shooters with automatic weapons, who then took hostages inside the building.

Many people were shot in the back as they tried to escape. After rampaging through the museum for several hours, the gunmen were killed in an assault by security forces.

Tunisia has seen an upsurge in Islamic extremism since the overthrow of longtime strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

Authorities say as many as 3,000 Tunisians have gone to Iraq, Syria and Libya to join jihadist ranks, raising fears of returning militants plotting attacks.

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  • De Doc

    Well, why not? He had benefits to collect after introducing European tourists to his culture.

    • propagandaoftruth

      It’s all about the benefits.

      Our crypto-Marxist progressive governancies thought Muslim brownies would be useful idiots. Give ’em free stuff, be nice to them, give ’em more stuff, smile, and eventually (quickly) they would forget about silly old Allah and become mewling, state worshipping, PC, Euro-eloi Marxists.

      Oops. They’re just aggressive parasites and hate those who patronize them more than they hate those who hate them.

      • TrueNorthFree

        I’m not convinced that it is happening because they thought Muslims would be useful idiots. I tend to think that the mass importing of Muslims into Europe is a very deliberate plan to destroy Western culture and genocide whites. I know that makes me sound a bit conspiracy-ish but I think that is what is happening.

        • propagandaoftruth

          I respect that. I’ve also come to believe strongly in what I refer to as the inchoate conspiracy meme. An idea is synthesized by a brain, generally some form of combining what already exists into something “new”, then writing it on a page and publishing (on paper or screen).

          Other brains read and ingest, spread to other brains and so on.

          Eventually when enough brains are infected with these virtual prions or trojans, they begin to enact and carry out conspiracies without necessarily being directed by shadowy backroom puppet masters.

          Not there are no shadowy backroom puppet masters (GEORGE SOROS for example) egging on and vectoring pawns, but…

          As a recovering “me laster” (Marxist-progressive), I gotta tell ya, Mp’s hate “God” in any form he takes. “God”, like family, or Folk, or even self, is an existential threat to the State, which is the god of Marxism-progressivism, based as it is on the best Marxist social science a Marxist-progressive can cook up.

          “God” is dead. “God” is what ignorant people believe in. When all people are enlightened and fed and housed by strangers they will scorn “God” and love the state.

          Cradle to grave “education” is their goal and “education” is their means.

          • LHathaway

            I just read a transsexual student going on about how we all need to ‘do more’ and that we need to embrace feminism even more. You have to be pretty brainwashed to be born a boy, be transformed into thinking you are a girl, or wanting to be a girl, and then to think this is all unfair to girls and have your sympathy’s reside with other girls who ‘have things so hard’.

          • propagandaoftruth

            That was pretty labyrinthine, LH. You understand how the Marxist-progressive reptiloid mind works.

            You see…the Mp reptioloid mind can NEVER truly understand the mind of the monkey, but the the mind of the monkey can ape that of the reptiloid.

            In a time of reptiloids I am a monkey, and I have plenty to fling in their faces i assure you.

          • TrueNorthFree

            I have noticed that the most vicious cultural marxists tend to be what I call “radical atheists” – the type that not only do not believe in God, they go out of their way to destroy and denigrate anyone who has any type of spiritual leanings at all.
            Oddly, I have also noticed that it is often those hardbitten Atheists who most strongly support the spread of Islam in our Western countries.
            By the way I do not in any way mean to attack atheists in general. I myself do not believe that a bearded dude in the sky created the earth BUT I am totally OK with associating with folks who do.! I am even OK with atheist and secular Muslims.
            Extremists of all types (religious or atheist) tend to be the most resistant to reason.

          • propagandaoftruth

            I’m an heretical Christian with a satanic attitude and sense of humor who dabbles in Buddhism and antinomianism, so I respect the honest atheist.

            I especially loathe those Christians who follow the “Hippy Dude from Galilee” yet hate “the A-hole of Yore” because he’s mean, incomprehensible, and not Santa Claus-like. Don’t get me wrong, the Old Testament is chock full of contradictions and mumbo-jumbo and bizarre, tedious chronicling gibberish, but…

            It sure does drive home the counterpoint to the Hippy Dude from Galilee nicely for me. Putting my faith in the Hippy Dude from Galilee, while fearing that incomprehensible, scary, A-hole from the Old Testament has been a balm for my soul.

            It does not matter much to me how one chooses to interpret nor where one draws the line between literal and symbolic. More than anything, “God” = “Truth” no matter how scary that may be…

          • TrueNorthFree

            “God” = “Truth”
            That is nice, I like it!

      • LHathaway

        Our leaders, and people of color themselves, have told us we must treat them differently. When we do treat them differently, favoring them, they then pronounce that this is a further sign of racism against them.

        Those who have been victims in their own lives resent it. They may not be conscious of it, but on some level they resent it. Those who have been continuous victims of the racism of people of color resent it most and are more likely to eventually be vocal about it. Never fear. The powers that be have this racket all sewn up. When Whites object in any way, to anything, not matter what is done to them, they simply announce that this is the latent bigotry they’ve been telling us about all along.

  • paul kersey

    over? please write a title that makes grammatical sense. laughable.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Have you begun to spell check your articles, Paul, because there have been problems with your grammar as well?

  • listenupbub

    This is the last thing Italy needs. They are having enough troubles getting their act together.

    I’d like to see what happens if a muslim really pushes their buttons by destroying a serious historical building like the duomo.

  • Speedy Steve

    He was then issued with an order to leave ….
    Yeah, he’s really going to comply voluntarily. Bruno Megale, take my advice; chipper shredder feet first.

  • Cato

    Like it or not, it’s war; war with an enemy that lives in our cities, walks our streets, scouts out our public spaces. Drastic measures are required, beginning with the suspension of the E.U. Schengen agreement, but going way beyond that. The U.S. Patriot Act is a step in the direction we will go, but we will go much further–very soon a “right to privacy” will seem a quaint relic of the past.

  • John Smith

    He was just there to “culturally enrich” Europe some more.

    • TrueNorthFree

      Die-versity is our strength!

  • UncleSham

    “Touil entered Italy illegally in February with a boatload of 90 migrants. He was then issued with an order to leave”

    And the other 90 people? C’mon Italy. You’re starting to look as weak as Sweden, and that should scare you.

    • TrueNorthFree

      Sweden’s whites are currently being ethnically cleansed due to insanely high levels of Muslim immigration. And on top of that, in Sweden it is against the law to publicly criticize Islam.

  • Rob

    Nice. I hope Italy learns from this and kicks out all those boat migrants.