Arsenal footballer Pablo Mari stabbed in attack in Italy

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Arsenal football club player Pablo Mari was one of several victims of a knife attack at a convenience store on Thursday near Milan, Italy, although he was not seriously injured. File photo by Roberto Bregani/EPA-EFE

October 27 (UPI) — Arsenal football club player Pablo Mari was one of many victims of a knife attack at a convenience store on Thursday near Milan, Italy, authorities have confirmed.

The 29-year-old Spaniard was one of six victims attacked by a man wielding a knife inside the retail store in the Italian town of Assago.

One of the victims died, while the other five, including Mari, were taken to hospital.

Police have arrested a 46-year-old man, who remains in custody.

Witnesses say the man grabbed the knife from a store shelf and began attacking people around 5.30pm local time. Authorities have not commented on a potential motive.

A number of patrons reportedly stepped in to help subdue the man.

London-based Arsenal confirmed Mari was in hospital but not seriously injured, contradicting early reports that he had been seriously injured.

“We are all shocked to hear the terrible news of the stabbing attack in Italy, which has taken a number of people to hospital, including our on-loan centre-back Pablo Mari,” the club said in a statement.

“We have been in contact with Pablo’s agent who told us he is in hospital and not seriously injured. Our hearts go out to Pablo and the other victims of this terrible incident.”

Mari played for Italian Serie A club Monza while on loan from Arsenal.

“Pablo Marì is not in danger because his injuries are not life-threatening. We hope to see him again soon,” Italian club chief executive Adriano Galliani told reporters on Thursday evening.

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