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Man attacks ex-girlfriend in bid to force abortion

Two men were arrested in Rome on Saturday after allegedly attacking a Bulgarian woman in a bid to force an abortion, according to Italian press reports.

Man attacks ex-girlfriend in bid to force abortion
Two men were arrested following the attack on Saturday night. Photo: M Nota

The men, both Bulgarian, were reported to have approached the 23-year-old pregnant woman as she walked in the Laurentina area of Rome on Saturday night.

One of the men is believed to be her ex-boyfriend, whose plan was to force an abortion before taking her back to Bulgaria, Corriere della Sera reported.

The woman is thought to have fled to a nearby supermarket but was followed by the pair, who then took her to a field close by.

An off-duty policeman heard her cries and called for backup; police arrived to find the woman on the ground with a few scratches, while the unborn baby was unharmed. The two men tried to escape but were arrested and taken to Regina Coeli prison, where they were later charged with attempted kidnapping and personal injury, La Repubblica reported.

Corriere della Sera said that the woman had ended a relationship with one of the men, with whom she had two children, in 2011. She had temporarily taken the children to stay with her parents in Bulgaria and had started a new relationship.

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Body of missing American tourist found in Rome’s River Tiber

The body of a missing 21-year-old tourist was found in the River Tiber on Thursday morning, according to media reports.

Body of missing American tourist found in Rome's River Tiber

Elijah Oliphant, from Dallas, Texas, was on holiday with his family in Rome when he went missing several days ago.

Oliphant’s parents reported his disappearance after he left his hotel room shortly after midnight on May 24th and did not return.

Hotel security footage showed him leaving the premises wearing a white undershirt and pyjama bottoms, which he was wearing when he was found.

Oliphant’s corpse was reportedly spotted by passersby near the Ponte Sisto bridge in Rome’s Trastevere district around 10am on Thursday morning. His body was positively identified by his parents.

Members of the fire brigade and river police who recovered the body say there were no obvious signs of violence, but an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Trastevere police are reportedly investigating the matter.

The Oliphant family had arrived in Rome for a holiday on May 23rd. When Elijah went missing the following day, his parents launched an urgent appeal to help find their son.

His disappearance was featured on the missing persons television show, Chi l’ha visto (‘Who’s seen them?’) on May 25th.

Several foreigners have been found drowned in the Tiber in recent years, though there are no indication that any of the incidents are linked.

In 2016, the body of 19-year-old American student Beau Solomon was recovered from the river.

Rough sleeper Massimo Galioto was charged involuntary manslaughter in the case, but was ultimately acquitted in 2020.

Prosecutors said that Galioto pushed Solomon in the course of a violent argument. Galioto’s defense team acknowledged that the two had argued but said the student had accidentally slipped.

In May 2019, 37-year-old Imen Chatbouri, a former athletics champion from Tunisia, was found dead in the Tiber after a night out. CCTV footage later showed she had been pushed from the Ponte Sisto bridge.

A then-26-year-old man whose advances she had rejected earlier that evening was convicted of her murder in November 2021.

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