The Treasury Department (search) ordered banks on Thursday to freeze any assets found in the United States belonging to six foreigners the government believes are linked to an Al Qaeda terror cell in Italy.

The department said it has information the cell was engaged in the trafficking of weapons and chemical materials. A department statement said "militant members of the organization were able to immigrate to Italy because the cell was supplying them with false documentation."

The six people were identified as: Mohamed Ben Mohamed Abdelhedi (search); Kamel Darraji (search); Mohamed El Mahfoudi (search); Imed Ben Bechir Jammali (search); Habib Ben Ahmed Loubiri (search); and Chabaane Ben Mohamed Trabelsi (search).