Italian officials have arrested 17 Algerians who were part of a "significant" international terrorist cell. The members, spread throughout Italy and Europe, allegedly raised approximately $1.5 million for terrorist activities outside of Europe. For the past three years the group had burglarized and commited theft to raise the funds, which were intended to be funneled to Algeria. The arrested had also made contact with North Africans who are under investigation by European countries. An Italian official that the group had been "dismantled."