A dramatic video from Italy is circulating social media, showing a police officer held hostage by a knife-wielding “migrant” at Milan’s Cathedral. After bargaining with the kidnapper, police swoop in to disarm the knifeman to make the arrest.
Footage has surfaced from nail-biting scenes within Il Duomo di Milano as a man, reported as a “North African Migrant,” holds a knife to a police officer’s throat. Fellow officers surround the cornered migrant with the hostage attempting to negotiate with the suspect, until one cavalier officer leaped in to remove the weapon from the suspect’s grasp to defuse the potentially incandescent situation.
The tweet containing the video reads: “Milan Cathedral, #risorsaINPS North African wanted to slaughter Agent in front of the altar. The beast made the Agent kneel under threat of a knife aimed at the throat. Saved by #PoliziaDiStato. Unworthy government: enough illegal immigrants!”
According to local media, the man, believed to be of Maghrebi descent, was acting suspiciously on the church steps when he was approached by security guards. The suspect then ran into the cathedral and overpowered one officer before holding a knife to his throat and demanding him to kneel.
Within moments, police and military personnel arrived at the scene to cordon off the area in an effort to resolve the dramatic situation. After the suspect was encircled by half a dozen agents, an arrest was made within a few minutes.
The hostage reportedly suffered minor injuries as a result of the ordeal.
Duomo di Milano, #risorsaINPS nordafricano voleva sgozzare Agente davanti all’altare. La bestia ha fatto inginocchiare l’Agente sotto la minaccia di un coltello puntato alla gola. Salvato dalla #PoliziaDiStato. Governo indegno: basta clandestini! @BasedPoland #RadioSavana pic.twitter.com/2XvDpmaY5L
— RadioSavana (@RadioSavana) August 12, 2020
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