Italy's Muslims fear a backlash from the London attacks could undermine their already fragile position in the country after one of the attackers was identified as half-Italian.

Youssef Zaghba, 22, was one of three men shot dead by police after a jihadist van attack and stabbing spree in the British capital on Saturday.

It has since emerged that the Moroccan-born militant had an Italian passport and his mother, a convert to Islam, lives near Bologna.

"All that has nothing to do with Islam, it was the work of crazies," Mohamed Ben Salem, the Tunisian imam at the centre where Zaghba's mother worships, said of the attacks.

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