Indian in Italy held over murderous hammer attack

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Naples (Italy), April 3 (IANS/AKI) A 37-year-old Indian immigrant, suspected of a savage hammer attack against a compatriot that has left him fighting for his life in a hospital here, was arrested on Monday, police said.

The unnamed Indian allegedly bludgeoned his 33-year-old compatriot with the hammer during the attack in Ottaviano near Naples, striking him 10 times on his head and body.

Police said they found the victim in a critical condition in a courtyard outside the apartment building where the attack took place.

The assailant was arrested from Ottaviano after police received an emergency call and interviewed witnesses.

The victim is in intensive care at the Cardarelli hospital in Naples, where doctors said his life was in danger.

Police said they found the hammer allegedly used in the attack inside the fridge in the suspect’s apartment.

The suspect is currently in jail at Poggioreale prison in Naples and faces charges of attempted murder.

The reasons for the attack were not immediately clear but Naples daily Il Mattino reported that the two Indians were said to be in a relationship.

–IANS/AKI

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