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Macerata gunman had extreme right-wing background

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By Euronews
Macerata gunman had extreme right-wing background

More details have emerged of the man arrested in Italy after the drive-by shooting of African imigants in the small city of Macerata. Six people were injured in the attacks before the man was captured.

Onlookers said twenty-eight-year-old Luca Traini made a fascist salute before being apprehended and shouted 'Long Live Italy" as he was driven off.

Police photos of him in custody show him with a neo-Nazi tattoo predominantly on his forehead.

Interior Minister Marco Minniti said the attacks were racially motivated and Traini clearly had an extreme right wing background.

Video of the suspect's bedroom showed Adolf Hitler's infamous autobiography Mein Kampf, and other extreme-right publications.

Police said Traini drove around Macerata for two hours firing out of his window at migrants in various locations. He also fired shots at the offices of the ruling centre-left Democratic Party.

With police closing in, he left his car in the city centre but was almost immediately stopped.

Italy's Premier Paolo Gentiloni said violent acts will not be tolerated.

"I trust in the sense of responsibility of all the political forces," he said. "The State will be particularly severe towards anyone who thinks of feeding a spiral of violence."

Police said one of the six victims was seriously hurt but have given no further details.