An illegal immigrant from Morocco who had previously applied for asylum in Germany was arrested on Monday in Milan after a series of knife attacks that wounded six people.
Many thanks to HeHa for translating this video report, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:
Below are two articles about the attacks in Milan, translated by Gary Fouse.
The first piece is from ANSA:
Passersby stabbed in robbery at Milan, six wounded
Drunk man with a pocketknife arrested. The attacks in the vicinity of the station
Still more violence around the Central Station of Milan, for some time now constantly the center of incidents of criminality day and night, and where in the afternoon six passersby were wounded, one seriously, following four robberies committed by a drunk man armed with a pocketknife, described as a young North African, subsequently arrested.
And perhaps it is thanks to the short blade of the pocketknife, a multi-use type, that the worst was avoided.
At first, it seemed there were two attackers, but the National Police maintain that the arrested man acted alone, in different moments and places, causing fear and havoc in a central zone of the city and at a time when the sidewalks are full of people.
The final toll is six wounded people, one of whom was treated at the scene, while the other five were transported to the hospital, two of them in serious condition: A 57-year-old, whose condition is not serious, and a 68-year-old, none believed to be in life-threatening condition. The most serious, the 68-year-old, is reportedly a witness who intervened to defend a girl who was robbed while in the company of her boyfriend on Viale Brianza, at the exit gate of her home. According to what has been reconstructed by the Mobile Squad [police], at about 5:40pm the man reportedly robbed a 39-year-old Italian woman at the Mortirolo underpass, using a knife to rob her of her cell phone. After that, on Via Gluck he reportedly robbed a Salvadoran citizen, taking his cell phone and ATM card.
Shortly after that, the criminal reportedly committed another robbery on Via Sammartini against a 34-year-old Spanish citizen, robbed of 20 euros and a cell phone. Next — again according to the charges — the man reportedly committed the fourth robbery on Viale Brianza against a 24-year-old, from whom he reportedly stole credit cards. In this circumstance, three Italian citizens intervened in her defense, respectively a 24-year-old (the boyfriend who was with her), a 68-year-old, and a 57-year-old, who reported suffering various injuries.
The alleged robber then managed to flee on foot along Via Venini, where he attempted a final robbery against a 44-year-old, when he was arrested by police motorcycle patrol officers from the National Police. He offered no resistance, and after being treated himself at the scene, was taken to jail awaiting interrogation. On his person, aside from the bloody pocket knife, he had the personal effects of the woman who was robbed on Viale Brianza as well as three cell phones.
“Shocking news from my Milan, where the area of the Central Station is confirmed to be at grave risk. Only the heroic intervention of some citizens prevented the toll from being more dramatic,” was the comment from Vice Premier and Minister Matteo Salvini.
The second article is from Corriere della Sera: