by CHRIS TOMLINSON
A Moroccan illegal migrant was arrested in Rome after a heated argument on religion escalated into violence with the migrant allegedly stabbing an Italian Catholic after noticing his crucifix necklace.
The attack took place near Rome’s Termini train station and saw the Moroccan enter into an argument with the victim, a homeless man from Georgia, onboard a bus. The argument quickly escalated according to witnesses who say the North African shouted insults at the Georgian before stabbing him and attempting to slit his throat, Il Giornale reports.
The Moroccan attempted to flee the scene following the stabbing but only managed to make it a few steps before he was detained and arrested. He has since been charged with attempted murder due to religiously motivated hatred.
“Everything took place in a few moments,” one witness explained and added, “the Georgian got off the bus and was heading towards the metro station in Piazza dei Cinquecento on the Via Giolitti side when the Moroccan joined him and attacked him.”