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Police fear serial killer in ‘crucifixion’ killing

The naked body of a woman was discovered tied to a horizontal bar under a bridge in Florence on Monday, in what police fear could be the work of a serial killer.

Police fear serial killer in 'crucifixion' killing
Police fear the killing may be linked to a similar case last year. Photo: Rosie Scammell

A cyclist made a gruesome discovery on Monday when he came across the kneeling body of a naked woman taped to a horizontal bar.

The witness described the woman as having “her arms outstretched as if she had been crucified”.

The woman’s body was discovered under a bridge below the A1 motorway in the Ugnano district, on the western outskirts of Florence on the border with the town of Scandicci, the Florentine edition of Corriere della Sera reported on Monday.

The victim, who has not yet been identified, has been described as around 30 years old with white skin.

She was still wearing her shoes and the rest of her clothes were discovered around one kilometre away on the same road, the paper reported.

An initial coroner’s report found no obvious signs of violence.

Police fear the killing may be linked to a similar case last year.

Last March, a 46-year-old female Italian prostitute reported being raped, robbed and tied to a horizontal bar with tape by a client on the same road after being approached by a customer in the northern outskirts of the city.

Police are now working to establish any links between the two cases.  

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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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