Italian man ambushes wife, rams her car and stabs her

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Vercelli (Italy), March 28 (IANS/AKI) A woman was hospitalised in a critical condition on Tuesday in northern Italy after her estranged husband ambushed her, rammed her car and stabbed her when she tried to escape.

The man allegedly laid wait for the woman after work in the northwest town of Vercelli and followed her car as she drove home, ramming it with his own and forcing her to stop, according to police.

When the woman got out and began to run away, he followed her on foot and stabbed her several times. Police intervened and arrested the man.

The couple, who have two children, had separated several months ago, investigators said.

Turin-based daily La Stampa named the man as Maurizio Zangari, 49, and his wife as Fiorilena Ronco, 41.

Zangari had not accepted the separation from Ronco, La Stampa reported.

He had previously been reported to police for violence towards Ronco, the paper said.

–IANS/AKI

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