The worshipers of Allah were upset by this 1415 A.D. fresco painted by GIOVANNI DA MODENA.
A detail of the 15th century fresco in San Petronio basilica in
Bologna, central Italy
is seen in this photo. The detail depicts Islam's prophet in hell being tormented by devils.
Mohammed in hell being tormented by demons. It's just so right!
An Islamist terror group linked to al-Qaida is suspected of
plotting to blow up Bologna's most important church to erase the
offense of a 15th-century Gothic fresco showing Mohammed
being tormented by devils in hell.
A key alleged figure known as "Amsa the Libyan", who was
arrested in Britain three weeks ago for possessing false papers,
is suspected of having passed orders from al-Qaida leaders in
Afghanistan and Iran to terrorist cells in Europe.
The Milan daily Corriere della Sera reported that in a telephone
call intercepted by police in February, one of the suspect's
alleged associates discussed plans for an attack on the Church
of San Petronio, which has a large fresco by Giovanni da
Modena showing the founder of the Islamic religion in hell.
The painter was inspired by Dante, who consigned Mohammed
to the ninth circle of hell - reserved for religious schismatics - in
his Divine Comedy. The fresco, held in a side-chapel, is seen by
many Muslims as a symbol of Christian intransigence.
Amsa was monitored as he allegedly passed instructions to
al-Qaida cells in Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain. In
one intercepted telephone call he apparently discussed an
attack on the US embassy in Amsterdam.
The Milan daily Corriere della Sera said
the San Petronio basilica in Bologna was
targeted apparently because it contains
a 15th century fresco that depicts
Islam's prophet Muhammad in Hell, being
devoured by demons.
Last year, a group of Italian Muslims
appealed unsuccessfully to the Vatican
to have the fresco by Giovanni da
Modena removed or parts of it covered, arguing that it offended Islam.
The group, the Union of Muslims in Italy, denied any link to the plot to
the church on Sunday and questioned the report's veracity, president Adel
Smith told The Associated Press.
"We send letters and stage protests," Smith said. "It's obvious that we
nothing to do with this thing."
Corriere said Italian Carabinieri paramilitary police learned of the plot
intercepting phone conversations as part of a larger investigation into Muslim
militants operating in Italy.
That investigation led to the convictions earlier this year of seven Tunisians
Milan who were accused of giving logistical support to al-Qaida recruits
passing through Europe.
The Tunisians were also accused by prosecutors of links to the Salafist
for Call and Combat, a dissident faction of the Armed Islamic Group, Algeria's
most radical insurgency movement. The United States has branded the Salafist
group a terrorist organization and ordered its assets frozen.
The wiretaps indicated that starting in February, members of the Milan
began plotting an attack on the Bologna church on orders of Salafist leader
Hassan Hattab, Corriere said. Specific details, however, were never discussed.
In calls placed to Carabinieri offices in Milan and Bologna on Sunday,
said no one was available to confirm the report.
Over the course of the investigation, authorities learned details of a
Italy, identified only as Amsa, who allegedly was sent by Osama bin Laden's
al-Qaida network to coordinate activities of the various cells operating in the
country, Corriere said.
Based on information passed onto Britain from the CIA and Italian intelligence,
Amsa was arrested three weeks ago in London on charges of having false
documents, Corriere said. Scotland Yard said Sunday it had no information on
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD,
whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God
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