Italian police have arrested two teens and reported a third for allegedly carrying out racist attacks against migrants aboard buses in Rome. The teens are suspected of being part of a gang that attacked foreigners in Tor Bella Monaca, a district on the outskirts of Rome. They allegedly staged at least four racist attacks in a month.
The three suspects reportedly surrounded their victims aboard buses, insulted them and urged them to ''go back home'' before they punched and hit them, investigators said.
The attacks, at least four in a month, according to police, were carried out in the district of Tor Bella Monaca on the outskirts of Rome. The suspects are students.
Attack against Bangladeshi immigrant
The investigation was launched after an attack against a 41-year-old Bangladeshi national on March 13. The victim was surrounded by the three teens aboard a bus, police said. The attackers first insulted him with racist slurs and then hit him in front of other passengers before fleeing the bus once it reached the next bus stop. The attackers broke the man's nose. The incident was recorded by security cameras on the bus, which helped Carabinieri police to find the suspects.
Investigators then discovered that there had been at least three previous attacks. The other victims were two Bangladeshi immigrants, aged 25 and 34, and a 32-year-old Indian national, whom the gang also attempted to rob.
Charges: Attempted robbery, racially aggravated assault
Prosecutors have issued arrest warrants against two 16-year-olds, an Italian national from Rome and a Romanian. The two boys are currently being detained at a youth correctional facility. A third suspect, a 17-year-old from Rome, has been reported to authorities. The three teens have been charged with attempted robbery and racially aggravated assault.
Nearly a month ago, four minors, including a 15-year-old, were arrested in Acilia, south of Rome, for allegedly carrying out racist attacks. The four suspects are accused of extortion, theft, robbery and assault. The gang attacked its victims near stations as well as on buses and trains.