A 19-year-old US student claims to have murdered a Italian police officer in the center of the Rome, in a crime that shakes the country, ANSA news agency reported Friday.
Carabinieri military police officer Mario Cerciello Rega was stabbed several times early yesterday after attempting to arrest two suspected men who stole a man’s bag in Italy’s tourist attraction.
Early media reports say the striker was from North Africa, but then the police said they arrested two US students at a luxury hotel in the city center and questioned over the incident.
The police murder case is extremely rare in Italy and politicians of all parties express their terror and anger.
“The move was done in Rome to arrest the person who stabbed a Carabinieri member,” Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Twitter, adding that criminals needed to work hard in life’s imprisonment.
The Italian police posted a video showing two men following another man in the Trastevere district of Rome.
The man in charge accused the two men stole his bag, containing a phone and a small amount of cash, police said.
The owner contacted his cell phone and one of the thieves offered to sell all the bags, agreed to meet in the nearby area.
The owner then contacted the police, who then approached the suspect.
One of them pulled a knife and stabbed it
Cerciello Rega, 35, who is dressed in public at that time.
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