Knifeman threatens guard in Milan cathedral

A man armed with a knife momentarily took a guard hostage inside Milan's cathedral on Wednesday but was quickly arrested, police said.

Knifeman threatens guard in Milan cathedral
Milan's famous Duomo, where the brief attack took place. Photo: Piero Cruciatti/AFP

He entered the famous Gothic Duomo shortly after 1pm local time and “advanced towards the private security guard, took out a knife and threatened him,” police spokesman Marco Turchetto told AFP.

After the arrival of nearby officers on patrol and a brief mediation, the man dropped the knife and was arrested, he said.

Milan's Deputy Mayor Anna Scavuzzo said in a statement the man had entered the cathedral in order to evade a police check.

Police said they were trying to determine the man's identity.

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