Italy: Racist murders refugee who fled Boko Haram
Yesterday a member of the hardcore football fans generally referred to as "ultras" worldwide caused fatal injuries to a refugee from Nigeria in the town of Fermo in central Italy. Emmanuel Chidi Namdi, age 36, died as a result of his injuries in hospital yesterday, Agence France-Presse reports.
The assailant, Amedeo Mancini, has been arrested by police. Mancini racially abused Namdi's wife as the couple were out taking a walk.
Namdi defended his wife after Mancini shouted at them that she was an "African monkey". After Namdi began to object to the racist insults, Mancini attacked him physically.
Mancini kicking Namdi in the head even after he was already lying on the ground. Conflicting accounts of the clash are being reported by the media.
Some Italian media outlets have published testimony from friends of Mancini's alleging that he had to defend himself because Namdi assaulted him. Other eyewitnesses, however, have stated that it was Mancini who attacked first.
The mayor of Fermo has called the incident a nightmare. The town is friendly toward refugees and does its best to aid them, he said.
Namdi was living in a residential hotel administered by a Catholic charity organization. He fled Nigeria for Italy after he lost the rest of his family in an attack on Christian churches perpetrated by radicals from the Boko Haram terrorist group.
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