Milan: Man kills 1 in pickaxe rampage

2013-05-11 16:27

Rome - An immigrant from Ghana went on a rampage with a pickaxe in Milan at dawn on Saturday, killing a passerby and wounding four others in an apparently random attack, police said.

Carabinieri paramilitary police in Milan said the 21-year-old attacker was taken into custody shortly after the attacks in a residential area on the northern outskirts of the city.

People working in cafes and other businesses near the attack told Sky TG24 TV that the man wildly swung a pickaxe, running down streets and ferociously striking passersby, mainly on the head. Pools of blood stained the streets.

A 40-year-old man died after being struck on the head with the pickaxe and suffering further blows to the abdomen while he lay on the ground, police said. The victim was described as an unemployed man who was heading to a cafe near his home.

Among those wounded was a man in his 20s who was helping his father deliver newspapers to newsstands; another was a man walking his dog.


At first it appeared five people had been wounded, but police later said the sixth person the attacker swung at darted into a doorway in the nick of time and escaped injury.

Two of the wounded were in critical condition.

Police said the motive was unclear.

"Police blocked him with difficulty. He was in an evident state of marked psychological stress," Colonel Biagio Storniolo told reporters. Asked about the motive, Storniolo said the suspect "was not being co-operative. He says only that he is hungry and has no home".

The man, identified as Mada Kabobo, 21, was jailed while he is investigated for murder and two counts of attempted murder for the two persons who were most critically wounded, police said.

Previous arrest

First media reports said the man had ignored a 2011 expulsion order because he was not legally in the country, but police later clarified that the expulsion papers had not yet been issued because legal proceedings in southern Italy were pending.

Police said they identified the suspect, who had no documents on him, from fingerprints.

Police said he was in the country illegally, and had previously been arrested in the Puglia region for alleged, theft, robbery, property damage and resisting public authorities.

Milan Mayor Giuliano Pisapia said the entire city was shocked that a man would go on such a rampage, "killing one and wounding several, even gravely, just because he ran into them on his path".

  • Andre Krige - 2013-05-11 17:32

    @Bruce.. And Australia is for the aborigines & USA is for the Native American Indians ?

  • Tommo Too - 2013-05-11 17:50

    Oh my, this incident the far right will use for all it is worth...

  • ARTFUL DODGER. - 2013-05-11 18:19

    I wouldn't want to meet him on a dark road.

      Szymon Arya Przemyslaw Welgus - 2013-05-11 23:24

      You wouldn't see him either. :P

      Musawashe Moyo - 2013-05-12 06:46

      But am sure ur wife will see something darker on him

  • John Barakat - 2013-05-11 18:40

    This sort of news leaves Europeans shocked!! They should try sunny SA. Here that is quite normal, Do yourselves a big favor. Don't waste money incarcerating him or deporting him. He will only find his way back and do it all again. Just execute him and be done with it.

      Victor van der Walt - 2013-05-12 11:20

      Ndou you are so pig headed. A few instances where whites have done random killings, as to how many blacks, not to mention the genocide in Africa, i don't see any whites rapping there 80 year old grandmother, oh never mind you wear blinkers no point explaing it to u.

  • Abner M. Mophethe - 2013-05-11 20:50

    the best(worst) is yet to come

  • Cerise Greeff - 2013-05-11 22:42

    I'm of English decent and I can't even get into England to work. And I hail from there. How the F### did he get into Milan with no place to go and no money to live off.

      Dexter Tangocci - 2013-05-12 08:43

      The trick is to sneak in with no intention of working, rather to sell drugs, have as many children as possible and suck the social welfare system dry.

  • Beverley Langkilde - 2013-05-12 02:35

    This is a tip off the iceberg as to what we deal with here in South Africa on a daily basis.. White genocide, while the world stays silent...

  • Elsbeth Bertha Verhoeven - 2013-05-12 11:43

    Let you think!!!!!!

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