Somali asylum seeker stabs multiple people in Rimini. The far-right leader Matteo Salvini takes advantage of the event to ask for more restrictive immigration measures.
An asylum seeker Somali was arrested by Italian police after being stabbed to four women and a child six years in the resort town of Rimini on Saturday night, he reported the news agency ANSA. The investigators rule out for the moment that the mobile is terrorist.
Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese has described the incident as “extremely serious” and has announced that she will travel to Rimini to personally attend a security meeting on Monday. The man wounded two ticket holders with a knife on a bus and then, after escaping, three other people, including the boy, according to Italian media.
Following the incident, Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right Liga party , which is part of the ruling coalition, criticized Lamorgese’s management in a video posted on Facebook. Salvini has been pressing the interior minister for months to adopt stricter immigration policies.
The 26-year-old Somali had been in Italy for a few months and had applied for refugee status. He had been in Europe since 2015 and had already applied for refugee status in Denmark, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands, according to the Italian agency ANSA.