asylum-seeker reception center (CARA) in Foggia. PHOTO/ANSA
asylum-seeker reception center (CARA) in Foggia. PHOTO/ANSA

Migrants have been at the center of a number of reported cases of violence in the southern Italian Puglia region, including an attack on the director of a hosting center and two police officers.

Migrants have been at the center of recent reported cases of violence in the southern Puglia region. 


On Thursday night, the car of the local president of Arci, the organization responsible for three SPRAR reception programs for migrants, was set on fire in Brindisi. Video surveillance systems recorded two men who cycled towards the car just a few seconds prior to the fire. 

Investigators are not ruling out that the attack was linked to the work of the car owner, attorney Vincenzo Catamo.  The regional Arci organization and the mayor of Brindisi, Riccardo Rossi, expressed solidarity to Catamo.  

Reports in Foggia 

In the early hours of the morning in Foggia, an African cyclist was killed in a hit-and-run accident. The victim, believed to be around 30, was not carrying documents. Local police are investigating. According to initial reports, the car was driving along the provincial road number 75 from Foggia when, perhaps due to poor visibility caused by fog, it ran over the cyclist. 

Meanwhile, another incident was recorded at a nearby hosting center for asylum seekers, the ''Cara'', where a Nigerian national, Kelvin Iwekub, 26, was arrested for attempted extortion and resisting public officials. The man broke into the center and demanded money from the director before he was arrested by Carabinieri police. 
 

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