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Iranian woman’s body dumped in Venice canal

The body of an Iranian woman has been found in a Venice canal after it was allegedly taken to the city in a suitcase following her murder in Milan, Italian media reported on Monday.

Iranian woman's body dumped in Venice canal
Mahfab Savoji's body was found in a Venice canal. Photo: Shearings Holidays/Flickr

Mahtab Savoji was identified by police on Monday morning, six days after the 31-year-old’s body was found in a Venice canal, Rai News reported.

She was allegedly strangled in Milan by her two flatmates, who then reportedly stripped her and put her body in a suitcase. Savoji’s killers then took her body on the train to Venice, where they dumped her in the water before taking a €500 taxi back to Milan, Rai News said.

While reports on Monday morning described Savoji’s flatmates as Iranian, they have since been identified as Indian. Rajeshwar Singh, 29, and his 30-year-old girlfriend Gagandeep Kaur, both worked in Milan hotels and have been arrested and charged with the murder.

Savoji moved to Milan two years ago to take a course in costume design at the Brera Academy, Rai News said.

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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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