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Pakistani man beaten to death for ‘spitting’ at boy

A 17-year-old has been arrested for allegedly beating a homeless Pakistani man to death in Rome on Thursday night, Italian media has reported.

Pakistani man beaten to death for 'spitting' at boy
A Pakistani man was beaten to death in Rome. Police car photo: Shutterstock

The incident occurred at around midnight on Thursday in the Torpignattara district in eastern Rome, Il Messaggero reported.

Speaking to police after the incident, the alleged attacker, who lives in the area, claims he had got into a fight with the man after he spat at him in the street.

“I was walking home when I saw the Pakistani man who was drunk and annoying passersby,” the boy was quoted in Il Messaggero as saying. “When I walked passed him he spat at me, so I reacted.”

However, he denied punching the man more than once.

According to witnesses, the attacker was with a male friend at the time of the incident but that this friend did not take part in the violence.

Paramedics were called to the scene but were unable to revive the victim. 

The victim, identified as 28-year-old Khan Muhamad Shanzad from Pakistan, was reportedly homeless but had an Italian residence permit.

An autopsy will now be carried out to establish the injuries sustained.

The alleged attacker is being held in a juvenile prison and faces charges of involuntary manslaughter.

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ROME

Two hospitalised as wildfire breaks out near Rome

Thick clouds of smoke were reported over the Italian capital on Monday afternoon as a large wildfire took hold on the north-western edge of the city.

Two hospitalised as wildfire breaks out near Rome

Photos and video taken by Rome residents on Wednesday afternoon show thick clouds of smoke, with the fire visible from the western side of the city’s ring road, or GRA (Grande Raccordo Anulare).

Firefighters are working to contain the blaze, which is reportedly spreading in the area between the major roads Via Aurelia and Via di Casalotti.

A mother and her baby were taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation while 35 others were treated at the scene, according to local news reports.

Several homes and a summer camp have so far been evacuated, according to reports.

Explosions were heard as the fire reached warehouses in an industrial area west of the capital, reports Rai News, thought to be caused as the fire reached dozens of gas cylinders kept at a campervan storage facility.

The fire brigade said in a tweet that several teams were at the scene of the explosions.

Firefighters said the blaze was becoming less intense at around 5pm on Monday, but that it was still spreading due to high winds.

A prolonged heatwave and a severe drought have caused extremely dry conditions across much of Italy, including Lazio, the region around Rome.

READ ALSO: Italian wildfires ‘three times worse’ than average as heatwave continues

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