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One dead and four hurt in supermarket knife attack near Milan

One person was killed and four others injured, including on-loan Arsenal footballer Pablo Mari, in an attack at a shopping centre near Milan on Thursday, officials said.

One dead and four hurt in supermarket knife attack near Milan
The shopping centre where a man stabbed five people in Assago, south of Milan. Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP

A 46-year-old Italian was arrested immediately after the attack at Assago, on the outskirts of Milan, according to the ANSA news agency.

While the motive was unclear, media reports said police had ruled out any terrorism link.

The man grabbed a knife from a shelf in a Carrefour supermarket in the mall and started randomly attacking people, with at least four people hurt, reports said.

A “young supermarket employee… unfortunately lost his life as a result of the injuries received,” said Attilio Fontana, president of the Lombardy region, which includes Milan.

But he added that the other people injured “fortunately do not seem to be in life-threatening danger”, in a post on social media.

Fontana thanked employees, customers and police who “intervened to stop the madman”, as well as the medical staff who helped the victims.

Among those hurt was Mari, the Spanish defender for Monza football club, on loan from Arsenal.

Mari is to undergo surgery on Friday for injuries sustained during the attack, Serie A club Monza said.

The 29-year-old defender was hospitalised on Thursday night after being wounded in the back, but was conscious
and able to speak.

In a Tweet, North London club Arsenal said its thoughts were with Mari and the other victims, adding: “We have been in contact with Pablo’s agent who has told us he’s in hospital and is not seriously hurt”.

“Dear Pablo, we are all close to you and your family, we wish you well, keep fighting as you know how to do, you are a warrior and you will get well soon,” said Monza chief executive Adriano Galliani, in a message tweeted by the club.

Supermarket giant Carrefour confirmed the death of one of its employees in the attack in Assago

The company said it was “deeply saddened” at the news and offered its condolences to the families of the staff member killed, and the other victims.

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New York returns 214 stolen artworks to Italy in seven months

Authorities in New York announced on Thursday the return to Italy of 14 more antiquities, worth an estimated €2.3 million, as part of an investigation into smuggling of stolen artifacts.

New York returns 214 stolen artworks to Italy in seven months

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has been conducting an extensive investigation over the past two years into looted antiquities that have ended up in New York museums and galleries — including the prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art.

During a ceremony on Thursday with the Italian consul general and Italian police representatives, 14 more artifacts – some 2,600 years old – were officially returned to Italy, bringing the total number of repatriated pieces to that country over the past seven months to 214, District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office said.

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More than 700 pieces worth more than $100 million have been returned in the past year to 17 countries, including Italy as well as Cambodia, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Iraq, and Greece, the statement added.

New York, a hub of stolen antiquities trafficking for decades, set up a task force in 2017 to investigate the illicit trade.

According to the statement by District Attorney Bragg, who took office in January 2022, Thursday’s repatriation included the silver “Sicily Naxos Coin,” minted around 430 BCE and currently valued at half a million dollars.

Other notable items included ancient pottery dating to 510 BCE, and amarble head of Roman Emperor Hadrian, dating to 200 CE.

Among the culprits behind the 14 returned pieces, the statement said, were well-known art traffickers Giacomo Medici and Giovanni Franco Becchina, as well as Robert Hecht, the Paris-based American art dealer who died in 2012.

The traffickers had “relied on gangs of tombaroli (tomb raiders) to loot carefully chosen and insufficiently guarded archaeological sites throughout the Mediterranean,” it added.

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