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Third victim dies after Milan ‘pickaxe rampage’

A third victim has died following a deadly rampage in Milan in which a Ghanaian man allegedly attacked five people in an apparently random attack.

A third victim of a Ghanaian man who allegedly went on the rampage with a pickaxe in Milan this week died of his wounds on Tuesday in a case that has inflamed the debate over undocumented migrants.

Mada Adam Kabobo, a homeless 21-year-old, was arrested on Saturday after an apparently random early morning spree in Italy's commercial capital.

Grainy closed-circuit footage broadcast on Italian television appeared to show Kabobo roaming the streets with the pickaxe slung over his shoulder.

The third victim was a 64-year-old pensioner walking his dog. The first two were a 21-year-old delivering newspapers and an unemployed man, 40.

Kabobo arrived in Italy illegally in 2011 and his request for asylum had been refused, but he had not been deported since he had appealed the ruling.

He had been arrested several times for alleged offences including theft and vandalism.

He has told investigators in prison that he heard voices in his head, Italian media reported.

Immigration is a sensitive topic in Italy. Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party has said the army should be deployed to improve security and far-right parties say the case shows that undocumented migrants should be expelled.

Four unlit Molotov cocktails were found outside a refugee centre near the scene of the deadly rampage on Monday.

Tens of thousands of African migrants have landed on Italian shores in recent years and rights groups have called for them to better integrated instead of being forced to live in the shadows.

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BOLOGNA

Italy’s president calls for ‘full truth’ on anniversary of Bologna bombing

President Sergio Mattarella said on Tuesday it was the state's duty to shed more light on the 1980 bombing of Bologna's train station, on the 42nd anniversary of the attack that killed 85 people and injured 200.

Italy's president calls for 'full truth' on anniversary of Bologna bombing

On August 2nd 1980, a bomb exploded in the railway station’s waiting room, causing devastation on an unprecedented scale.

Five members of terrorist groups were later convicted in relation to the bombing, the worst episode in Italy’s ‘Years of Lead’ period of political violence in the 1970s and 80s.

Most recently, in 2020, a former member of the far-right Armed Revolutionary Nucleus (NAR) was sentenced to life imprisonment for providing logistical support to those who carried out the attack.

But suspicions remain of cover-ups and the involvement of “deviant elements” within the nation’s security services, reported Italian news agency Ansa.

READ ALSO: Bologna massacre: 40 years on, questions remain over Italy’s deadliest postwar terror attack

“The bomb that killed people who happened to be at the station on that morning 42 years ago still reverberates with violence in the depths of the country’s conscience,” Mattarella said in a speech marking the anniversary on Tuesday.

“It was the act of cowardly men of unequalled inhumanity, one of the most terrible of the history of the Italian Republic.

A train compartment at Bologna station pictured following the 1980 bombing attributed to the neo-fascist terrorist organization Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari.

“It was a terrorist attack that sought to destabilise democratic institutions and sow fear, hitting ordinary citizens going about their everyday tasks.

“On the day of the anniversary our thoughts go, above all, to the relatives forced to suffer the greatest pain.

“The neo-fascist nature of the massacre has been established in court and further steps have been made to unveil the cover-ups and those who ordered the attack in order to comply with the Republic’s duty to seek the full truth”.

The bombing remains Western Europe’s fourth deadliest postwar terror attack, and one of the most devastating in Italy’s history.

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