Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Drive-by shootings in a Italian town, black immigrants targeted

Drive-by shootings in a Italian town, black immigrants targeted

A failed election candidate for Italy's far-right Northern League has been arrested after a gunman targeted African migrants in a two-hour drive-by shooting spree in the Italian city of Macerata. One of them was left in a critical condition.

Italian media report Traini made a failed bid past year in administrative elections in the nearby city of Corridonia with the anti-immigrant Northern League party.

Luca Traini, 28, suspected by the Police of opening fire on African migrants, is seen in Macerata, Italy, February 3, 2018.

Shots had been fired in the Via Spalato and Via dei Velini parts of town, two key areas in an investigation into the murder of an 18-year-old girl whose body was found dismembered and hidden in two suitcases last Wednesday. A 29-year-old Nigerian migrant, Innocent Oseghale, has been arrested in connection with her death.

Images posted on the website of the Italian newspaper il Resto di Carlino show Traini with an Italian flag draped over his shoulders as he was apprehended by police.

Police officials said those who had been injured were of "foreign nationality" and that they had been taken to the hospital where one had to undergo surgery, Efe news reported. The news agency ANSA quoted friends of his as saying that Traini had previously been affiliated with Italian extremist parties like the neo-fascist Forza Nuova and CasaPound.

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"Stay at home until further notice".

ANSA reported that the black vehicle used in Saturday's shooting spree had been seen in the area where the woman's body was found and also near where the suspect lived.

"We must be united against hatred", Carancini said. Clerico said the 28-year-old was stripped of his gym membership in October because of his views.

Italian police say a drive-by shooting has left wounded in the central city of Macerata, and authorities are warning citizens to remain indoors.

Local reports are linking the two incidents.

Sky said the shooting started around 11 a.m. (1000 GMT; 5 a.m. EST), and that students were being kept inside schools which are open on Saturday and public transport had been halted.

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