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Drive-by shootings wound 6, target migrants in Italy

A series of drive-by shootings apparently targeting foreigners left six people wounded, one critically, in Macerata, Italy, on Saturday. All six victims are African migrants.

Local police have arrested an Italian man identified as Luca Traini, 28, who was photographed with an Italian flag draped across his shoulders as he was taken into custody for the attacks. Traini has no previous record, and he unsuccessfully ran for local office with an anti-migrant party in 2017.

The shootings come just days after a local teenager was found dismembered. The primary suspect in that case is a Nigerian immigrant, and authorities suspect the two incidents are linked, making Saturday's attacks "racially motivated."

"All we want is justice. We cannot fight barbarism with more barbarism. Such actions are not justifiable," said Marco Valerio Verni, the uncle of the young woman who was killed, in response to the drive-by shootings. "We should not let barbarism prevail over civilization."