A Bari-area truck driver who converted to Islam and posted material praising jihad is to be "deradicalised", authorities said Wednesday.

Alfredo alias Muhammad Santamato, 42, was flagged as a potential threat, perhaps using his truck to target civilians as in recent attacks in Nice, Berlin, London and Stockholm, police said.

His license has been confiscated and he now has to report to police while doing a special course aimed at erasing his Islamist beliefs, sources said.

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