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Ex-cop ‘settles score’ in town hall shooting spree

The mayor and deputy mayor of Cardano al Campo, north of Milan, are in a serious condition in hospital after former traffic policeman Giuseppe Pecoraro went on a shooting rampage in the town hall.

Ex-cop ‘settles score’ in town hall shooting spree
The shooter has been named as Giuseppe Pecoraro, a former traffic policeman. Photo: Rosie Scammell

Pecoraro, who was suspended from the job after getting caught clocking in absent colleagues, took revenge after his suspension was renewed at the end of June as part of an ongoing investigation into the scam,  local newspaper Il Giorno reported.

Mayor Laura Prati was shot in the stomach at least twice, while her deputy Costantino Iametti Roberto suffered a head injury.

Pecoraro was reportedly heard by witnesses as saying he had “settled the score” after the attack.

A town hall employee described him as being “armed to the teeth”, with at least one pistol and a rifle.

The assailant made his escape from the town hall, shooting in the air as he passed the square outside and took refuge in a trade union building, Corriere della Sera reported. There he ordered everyone out of the building, the newspaper said, and set off a molotov cocktail.

When the police tracked Pecoraro down he began firing again, but was soon arrested.

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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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