Italy ups security after Jewish man stabbed

UPDATED: Italian authorities said on Friday that security would be increased at “sensitive” sites across the country after a Jewish man was repeatedly stabbed on a street in Milan on Thursday night.

Italy ups security after Jewish man stabbed
The Jewish man was stabbed on a street in Milan. Terry Kearney

The department of public safety said in a note sent to prefects and police chiefs that “vigilance and control will be intensified” at places of Jewish worship and locations linked to Israel, Ansa reported.

Nathan Graff was attacked while walking alone on via San Gimignano, in a Jewish area of the city, Corriere reported.

A witness attempted to intervene but the attacker, whose face was partially covered, managed to escape, sparking a massive police hunt. There are suspicions that the assailant could have been an Arab woman.

Graff, who lived in Milan and held Israeli citizenship, was stabbed “between three and nine times” outside Carmel Pizza, a kosher pizzeria, and close to a Jewish school.

He was taken to the city’s Niguarda hospital, where he underwent surgery for wounds to the face, back, throat and arm. He is in a stable condition.

Renzo Gattegna, the president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, said on Friday that Italian Jews would not be intimidated by the attack.

Meanwhile Abdel Hamid Shaari, president of the Islamic Cultural Centre, also condemned the attack, “without ifs or buts of what happened”.

Soon after the attack, police were called to a Jewish restaurant on via Sardinia because of a bomb scare, which turned out to be a false alarm.


Romanian billionaire and seven others die in Milan plane crash

A light aircraft piloted by Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu crashed into an empty office building near Milan on Sunday, killing him, his wife and son, and all five others aboard.

Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato.
Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato on October 3rd. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 had taken off from Milan’s Linate airport shortly after 1pm headed for Olbia in the north of the Italian island of Sardinia.

It crashed just a few minutes later into a building in San Donato Milanese, a town southeast of Milan, according to aviation agency ANSV, which has opened an investigation.

Witnesses said the plane was already in flames before it crashed into an office building undergoing renovations.

Petrescu’s 65-year-old wife, who also had French nationality, and their son Dan Stefano, 30, were killed.

Italian media identified the other passengers as entrepreneur Filippo Nascimbene, a 33-year-old from Lombardy, with his wife, young son and mother-in-law, who have French nationality.

Petrescu, 68, was one of Romania’s richest men. He headed a major construction firm and owned a string of hypermarkets and malls. He also held Germany nationality, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.

Flames engulfed the two-storey building, next to the yellow line subway terminus.

“The impact was devastating,” Carlo Cardinali, of the Milan fire brigade, told news agency Ansa.

Deputy prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano was quoted by Corriere as saying that the plane’s black box had been recovered.