According to Linda Ikeji, State and Carabinieri police arrested a Gambian migrant in an antiterrorism operation in Naples on Thursday, April 27.
The arrest comes after investigators found evidence the suspect was planning an attack.
Alagie Touray, 21, admitted to investigators that he had received a request to drive a car into a crowd.
The evidence against him includes a video published on Telegram in which he allegedly pledges alliance to ISIS leader Ab? Bakr al-Baghdadi.
He was detained as he left a mosque in Licola, in the province of Naples. Touray landed in Messina along with over 100 other asylum-seekers in March 2017.
He had been living in Pozzuoli, near Naples, for a year. According to police sources, migrant had made a request for political asylum and the application was still being considered by the authorities.