An Italian man opened fire on African migrants in the central city of Macerata on Saturday, injuring several people, police said, in an attack that appeared to be racially motivated.
The shootings happened just days after a Nigerian migrant was arrested in connection with the death of an 18-year-old Italian woman, whose dismembered body was discovered hidden in two suitcases near Macerata.
The incident looks certain to jolt campaigning for a March 4 national election, with a centre-right alliance that leads in the polls promoting a fiercely anti-migrant program.
Local media reported that at least six migrants were shot by a man firing out of a car window as he drove around Macerata, which is located about 200 km east of Rome.
Police later said they had arrested an Italian man and published a photo of him, with an Italian flag draped over his shoulders, being taken away by armed officers.
State television Rai said he was a 28-year-old from Macerata and that a pistol had been discovered in his Alfa Romeo car.
Police said one of the injured foreigners needed surgery, but gave no further details.
Local witnesses said a man fired out of his car window at two young African migrants shortly after 11 a.m. (1000 GMT), wounding one of them. A short while later there were reports of further drive-by shootings in the city.
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