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Driver opens fire on African migrants in Italian city of Macerata

05 February 2018

Italian police have arrested a gunman suspected of a carrying out a drive-by shooting spree that targeted African immigrants.

The suspect, named locally as Luca Traini, had an Italian flag wrapped around his neck when he was detained, prompting reports that the attacks were racially motivated.

Local media said that the alleged gunman got out of his auto and climbed the steps of a war monument and made a fascist salute before he was arrested, according to local media and Ansa.

The mayor of the Italian city of Macerata says six foreigners have been wounded in a series of drive-by shootings, one of them with life-threatening injuries. Traini would openly give the stiff-armed fascist salute and complain about African immigrants in the town, using a highly offensive term for them, said Francesco Clerico, who owns the gym where Traini trained for a decade.

Police said the shooter drove around Macerata, which is famed for its outdoor opera festivals, in a black Alfa Romeo auto firing out of his window at migrants in various locations.

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The shootings sparked widespread fear as police warned people to stay indoors and the mayor issued a curfew. A 29-year-old Nigerian migrant was arrested in connection with the frightful death.

The shootings took place just days after the amputated body of a young Italian woman was discovered concealed in two suitcases near Macerata.

Matteo Salvini, who heads the Northern League party, tweeted on Saturday, "Violence is never the solution, violence is always to be condemned".

The Italian police gave a chase to the vehicle and later caught the gunman while the passenger has fled and the police were trying to trace him. As was grave what happened to Pamela.

Italy is set to stage parliamentary elections on March 4.

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A preliminary post-mortem on the teenager could not immediately identify her cause of death.

"Let's stop this risk, let's stop it now, let's stop it together", he said in a nationally televised statement.

"What was this maggot still doing in Italy?"

"The left has blood on its hands", Salvini wrote in a Facebook post about the incident.

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Driver opens fire on African migrants in Italian city of Macerata