Immigrant arrested in police station arson that killed 2

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MILAN (AP) — Carabinieri police arrested a North African on Tuesday in connection with an arson fire at a police station in northern Italy that killed two and injured a dozen more, authorities said.

The news agency ANSA reported that the fire overnight killed two people living in apartments above the ground-floor police station in Mirandola, north of Bologna, and injured more than a dozen others, two seriously. The victims, a 74-year-old woman and her live-in caretaker, were killed in an explosion.

Italy's hard-line interior minister, Matteo Salvini, who is campaigning in the European elections on a strong anti-immigrant platform, jumped on the arrest with a message on Twitter, saying "eliminating illegal immigration to Italy and Europe is a moral duty: Everyone home."

Carabinieri investigating the arson said they were still identifying the suspect and his country of origin. It was not clear if he was a legal resident.

ANSA said the suspect broke into the police station and set the fire. A motive was not clear.

Salvini has taken a hard line with migrant arrivals, forbidding most rescue ships from bringing migrants to Italian ports. As a result, arrivals are down by nearly 90 percent over last year, at 1,265 so far this year compared with 10,659 in the same period last year, according to Interior Ministry statistics. Tunisians represent the most arrivals, followed by Pakistan, Iraq and Algeria.

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