Rome: The Vatican is on alert in case of an attack by Islamist militants against the city-state or Pope Francis, but officials are not aware of any specific plot, the head of Vatican security said in a rare interview.
“The threat exists. This is what has emerged from conversations with Italian and foreign colleagues,” Domenico Giani told Polizia Moderna, the magazine published by Italian police, when asked if threats from Islamic State militants were credible.
“(But) at the moment I can say that we are not aware of any plan to attack the Vatican or the Holy Father,” he added in the interview, published on the magazine’s website on Monday.
Giani said the alert level was “constantly high” in and around the tiny city-state, which sits inside Rome.
His force of some 130 agents, along with the more ceremonial Swiss Guard, protect most of the Vatican and the pope, while Italian police guard the exterior, as well as St Peter’s Square.
Full article: ‘The threat exists’: Vatican on alert for Islamic State attack, says security chief (Sydney Morning Herald)