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Italy expelled Moroccans on suspicion of Pope plot
ROME (Reuters) - Two Moroccan students deported from Italy last month were suspected of plotting to assassinate Pope Benedict, an Interior Ministry source said on Friday.
Mohamed Hlal, 26, and Ahmed Errahmouni, 22, students at the University for Foreigners in the central Italian city of Perugia, had been under surveillance by anti-terrorist police for months before they were expelled on April 29.
"During their inquiry, investigators found evidence suggesting the two (suspects) were plotting an attack on the pope," said the source.
An interior ministry statement issued at the time of their deportation said they were being expelled under prevention of terrorism laws.
Six other foreign students, suspected of contacts with militant Islamic groups, are still under investigation.
Read more: Reuters India