Milan considers military presence after spate of violence

Interior Ministry says 140 extra agents there 'indefinitely'

Milan considers military presence after spate of violence

Milan, May 21 - Some 140 police and Carabinieri agents have been added "indefinitely" to existing forces in Milan and authorities are considering a military presence in the city following a recent spate of violence, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Tuesday. "Safety in Milan is a national priority," Alfano said following a meeting with a specially-formed security committee that included Milano Mayor Giuliano Pisapia, National Deputy Police Chief Alessandro Marangoni, Milan Prefect Camillo Andreana and Milan Police Superintendent Luigi Savina. "We believe that if the city is not free from fear, then its citizens are not free," Alfanco said. Tuesday's meeting was spurred by recent wave of violent crimes in Milan including a pickaxe rampage by a Ghanian immigrant two weeks ago that left three dead and a midday Molotov-cocktail robbery on Tuesday in the city center that injured two.

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