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Italian police officer kills wife, daughters and himself with service gun

A police officer from Genoa reportedly shot his wife and two young daughters while they slept on Wednesday morning, before turning the gun on himself.

Italian police officer kills wife, daughters and himself with service gun
File photo of Genoa, where the triple murder took place. Photo: Luca Volpi/Flickr

The 49-year-old then contacted the local police unit where he worked in a technical role, saying: “Come to my house, I'll leave the door open. I've killed them all,” Genova Today reported.

He also told colleagues he was about to kill himself.

Italian media have named the man as 49-year-old Mauro Agrosi, and it is thought that he used his service weapon to carry out the murders, covering the gun with a pillow to act as a silencer.

The triple murder took place shortly before 7am in the coastal Cornigliano district of the Ligurian city where Agrosi lived with his wife and two daughters, aged 14 and ten.

The incident has parallels to a similar crime which took place in the same area in 2003, when a 47-year-old police officer killed his wife and two young children with his service weapon, before killing himself.

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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