Italy has expelled a Tunisian man accused of religious extremism and befriending a jailed would-be foreign fighter, the country's latest effort to crack down on the radicalization of young Muslims by getting rid of them.

The Interior Ministry said the 26-year old, identified by Italian newspapers as Marouan Mathlouthi, was sent back to Tunisia on Thursday. The ministry alleged he had befriended a fellow Tunisian who was arrested in 2015 on terrorism-related charges because of alleged plans to join the jihad in Iraq and Syria.

A ministry statement said Mathlouthi, who had lived in Italy since he was an infant and was married to an Italian, had jihadist propaganda on him and had written on his Facebook page, "I don't know if I should be good or stage a massacre, I have to think about it."

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