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Italian police seek 18 suspected members of terror ring aimed at toppling Pakistani government

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 file photo, Italian police officers patrol outside St. Peter's Square in Rome. Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out, an Italian prosecutor said Friday. Wiretaps collected as part of investigation into an Islamic terror network operating in Italy gave "signals of some preparation for a possible attack" at the Vatican, prosecutor Mauro Mura told a news conference in Cagliari, Sardinia. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

    FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 file photo, Italian police officers patrol outside St. Peter's Square in Rome. Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out, an Italian prosecutor said Friday. Wiretaps collected as part of investigation into an Islamic terror network operating in Italy gave "signals of some preparation for a possible attack" at the Vatican, prosecutor Mauro Mura told a news conference in Cagliari, Sardinia. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 file photo, Carabinieri (Italian paramilitary police) officers patrol outside St. Peter's Square in Rome. Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out, an Italian prosecutor said Friday. Wiretaps collected as part of investigation into an Islamic terror network operating in Italy gave "signals of some preparation for a possible attack" at the Vatican, prosecutor Mauro Mura told a news conference in Cagliari, Sardinia. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

    FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 file photo, Carabinieri (Italian paramilitary police) officers patrol outside St. Peter's Square in Rome. Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out, an Italian prosecutor said Friday. Wiretaps collected as part of investigation into an Islamic terror network operating in Italy gave "signals of some preparation for a possible attack" at the Vatican, prosecutor Mauro Mura told a news conference in Cagliari, Sardinia. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)  (The Associated Press)

Italian police say they are making arrests of suspected members of an Islamic terror ring which allegedly helped execute attacks in Pakistan, including the market bombing that killed more than 100 people.

Anti-terrorism police in Sardinia said Friday they were executing arrest warrants for 18 suspects. Police said some of the suspects were responsible for "numerous bloody acts of terrorism in Pakistan," including the October 2009 explosion in a market in Peshawar in which more than 100 people died.

Police said the aim of the terror network was to create an insurrection against the Pakistani government.