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Woman found alive in rubbish bag in Naples

A woman remains in a serious condition after she was discovered in a rubbish bag in the centre of Naples on Thursday. The 27-year-old had been beaten, gagged, and was suffering from a serious head injury, according to media reports.

Woman found alive in rubbish bag in Naples
File photo: Giorgio Montersino

The woman, who is believed to be of Albanian origin, is thought to have been beaten and gagged in an apartment in Via dei Tribunali in Naples’ historical centre, according to Italian daily La Stampa.

She was then put into a rubbish bag and abandoned on the pavement, the paper reports, speculating that whoever put her in the bag probably thought she was dead.

A neighbour saw the bag and alerted emergency services, who made the grisly discovery. The woman, who was barely breathing when found, had been severely beaten and her abdomen had been crushed. She was taken to Loreto Mare hospital where she was operated on.

According to the paper, she has not yet spoken and police are as yet unable to determine her name and who attacked her.

Residents living nearby claim that the apartment outside which the woman was found was inhabited by an Albanian couple, but it is not yet known if she is the same woman.

In 2012, the paper reports that a total of nine women were murdered in Naples – six of them by family members. And since the beginning of this year, four women have been murdered.

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ROME

‘Bank robber’ rescued in Rome after tunnel collapses

Four people were arrested in Rome after a suspected would-be bank robber was rescued from a tunnel under a road, police said on Friday.

'Bank robber' rescued in Rome after tunnel collapses

An Italian man had to be rescued after becoming trapped in a collapsed tunnel near the Vatican, suspected of being part of a gang burrowing its way to a nearby bank.

Firefighters spent eight hours digging him out from under a road in the west of Rome, before he was finally freed on Thursday evening and taken to hospital.

“Two people from Naples were arrested for resisting a public official and two, from Rome, for damage” to public property, a police spokesman told AFP.

The rescued man, one of the two Romans, remains in hospital, he said without giving an update on his condition.

“We are still investigating, we do not exclude that they are thieves, it is one of the theories,” he said.

For Italian newspapers, however, the motive was clear, with reports noting the tunnel was found near a bank ahead of the August 15th long weekend, when residents traditionally head out of town and much of Rome is left empty.

“The hole gang,” headlined newspapers Repubblica and Corriere della Sera, while La Stampa said: “They dig a tunnel to rob a bank, and one of them is buried underground.”

Other reports referred to the suspected burglar as l’uomo-talpa, or ‘mole man’.

An AFP reporter at the scene on Thursday saw the man brought out alive on a stretcher, after a day-long operation involving dozens of emergency service workers using mechanical diggers.

The tunnel began underneath an empty shop that had recently been rented.

“We all thought that the people there were renovating the place. So we had no suspicions and we did not hear noises either,” a resident, Michele, who lives in the same building told AFP.

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