African migrants injured in Italian drive-by shootings

04 February, 2018, 02:17 | Author: Diane Mills
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Several foreign nationals have been injured in an incident where an armed man opened fire on people in a series of drive-by shootings in a central town in Italy, police say, Press TV reported.

According to the Il Resto del Carlino newspaper, the man - a 28-year-old local with links to the populist Northern League - fired his first shots around the Via dei Velini area and then proceeded to drive his black Alfa Romeo 147 auto around the city centre, targeting immigrants.

The drive-by shooting comes during a tense time in Macerata after a Nigerian asylum seeker was accused in the murder of an 18-year-old woman whose dismembered body was found on Wednesday.

According to election records, Traini had been a candidate in the nearby town of Corridonia for the anti-immigration Northern League party in the 2017 local elections but received no votes.

Italy is in the final weeks of a heated campaign ahead of its election on 4 March.

Police had warned people to stay inside while the shootings were ongoing. A judge on Saturday confirmed the arrest of the main suspect, identified as 29-year-old Innocent Oseghale. He was said to have been wearing an Italian flag draped over his shoulder as he was arrested.

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Video footage from the scene shows one of the victims raising his hand as he is put into an ambulance.

The city of Macerata's Twitter account says the gunman has been captured about two hours after he began a shooting rampage from a black auto.

The vehicle used in the attack was reportedly a black Alfa Romeo, the police stated, adding that all those wounded have been taken to a hospital.

He made a fascist salute, according to local reports. Macerata's mayor has urged citizens to stay indoors Saturday while the suspects remain at-large.

Police detained a 28-year-old Italian they believe to be responsible. He was referring to the green shirts often worn by Northern League supporters at party rallies.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said that "hatred and violence will not be able to divide us".

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