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Riot in Italy after soccer fan killed

Hundreds of soccer fans rioted in Rome after a police officer there accidentally shot and killed a fan Sunday while trying to stop a fight between supporters of rival teams, authorities said.
The enraged fans attacked a police station near the Rome’s Olympic Stadium, threw stones at passing police cars, and smashed windows at the nearby Italian Olympic Committee Headquarters. The BBC said security guards in the Olympic headquarters had to barricade themselves in as protection from the rioting.
Mobs also set a bus on fire and several people, including police, were injured. In central Milan, fans hurled rocks at a police and beat up two journalists, according to the BBC.
Rome’s police headquarters said the barracks was under attack but did not give further information. It said some arrests were made but declined to give a number.
Gabriele Sandri, a 26-year-old DJ from Rome and a fan of the city’s Lazio soccer team, was on his way to the northern city of Milan for Lazio’s game against rival Inter Milan. A bullet hit him in the neck while in a car at a rest area along the A1 Autostrada highway near the town of Arezzo, about 125 miles north of Rome.
In the Tuscan town of Arezzo, police chief Vincenzo Giacobbe called the fatal shooting of the fan “a tragic error? that occurred when a police officer intervened in a scuffle between two groups of people.
According to a statement read by Arezzo police, officers in two patrol cars who were stopped on the opposite side of the highway turned on their sirens after they heard screaming and yelling and realized the occupants of three cars in the rest area were fighting.
When the arguing continued, the police fired warning shots into the air. The three cars returned to the highway, police said, and they saw that one of the occupants of the vehicles “took a shot.?
BBC said that police suggest he may have been killed by one of their warning shots, but the Associated Press didn’t make note of that comment.
The car in which Sandri was an occupant drove a few miles to the next exit to seek medical help. An ambulance crew was unable to revive him, according to police.
Hundreds of youths smashed a window in the police station, set a police vehicle on fire inside the gate, and dragged metal barricades and trash bins to block off part of the bridge spanning the Tiber near the station.

The Italian soccer federation postponed the Inter-Lazio game, while security officials in Rome canceled a Sunday match between Roma and Cagliari. Other games on Sunday started 10 minutes late, and players and referees wore black armbands.
According to the BBC, police chiefs, politicians and soccer administrators in Italy will meet on Monday to “seek to limit the damage from the weekend’s incidents.?
Clashes between rival soccer fans at rest stops are common in Italy. After learning of Sunday’s incident, Premier Romano Prodi called fan violence “very worrisome.?
Last season, a policeman was killed during riots following a game between Palermo and Catania in Sicily. Some fans have been barred from traveling to games under anti-violence measures new enacted this season.

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