Somali arrested after stabbing 5 people at Italian resort

The Italian news agency (ANSA) reported today that the police arrested a Somali asylum seeker after he stabbed four women and a six-year-old child in the tourist town of Rimini yesterday evening.

The agency said that investigators currently rule out that terrorism is the motive behind this crime.

Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese described the incident as "extremely dangerous" and said in a statement that she would be in Rimini on Monday for a security meeting.

Italian media reports said that the man injured two women who watched tickets on a bus with a knife and then fled, then stabbed three other people, including the child.

The agency said the 26-year-old Somali man had been in Italy for a few months and had applied for refugee status.

She added that he had been in Europe since 2015 and had already applied for refugee status in Denmark, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands.

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