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Man kills passer-by with pickaxe

An immigrant from Ghana went on a rampage with a pickaxe in Milan, killing a passer-by and wounding five others in an apparently random attack.

Carabinieri paramilitary police in Milan said the attacker was taken into custody shortly after the attacks in a neighbourhood on the northern outskirts of the city.

People working in cafes and other businesses near the attack told Sky TG24 TV the man swung a pickaxe and ran down streets ferociously striking passers by, mainly on the head. Pools of blood stained the streets. The motive was unclear.

The police said they would give details later about the attacker, who was reported to be a 21-year-old man who had apparently ignored a 2011 expulsion order because he was not legally in the country.

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