One dead, Arsenal footballer Pablo Mari stabbed in Italy

A man grabbed a knife from a supermarket shelf on Thursday and stabbed five people, killing one and injuring four others, including Spanish footballer Pablo Mari, Italian authorities said.

Police have arrested a 46-year-old Italian suspected of having taken part in the attack on a shopping center in Assago, on the outskirts of Milan, the carabinieri said.

A supermarket worker died en route to hospital, according to the ANSA news agency, which said three other victims were in serious condition. Another person was treated for shock but was not hospitalized, police said.

The motive for the attacks was unknown, but police said the man showed signs of psychological instability. There was no evidence to suggest terrorism.

Mari, who is on loan at Serie A club Monza from Arsenal, was among the injured. Arsenal said in a statement that Mari was in hospital but was not seriously injured.

Monza club CEO Adrian Galliano wished the footballer a speedy recovery in a message posted on Twitter.

“Dear Pablo, we are all close to you and your family, we love you, keep fighting like you know how, you are a warrior and you will heal quickly,” Galliano said.

Witnesses told ANSA they saw people fleeing the supermarket in shock, and as the gravity of the situation became apparent, store workers rolled down the store’s shutters.

Supermarket chain Carrefour said police and paramedics immediately responded to calls alerting them to the attack. The chain expressed its sympathy to employees and customers affected by the attack and said it was offering them psychological support.

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