Italian Minister of Interior Affairs Marco Minniti reacted to the massacre of children in Manchester — which he defines as “distressing” and “chilling” — before an audience of the national congress of the police union Coisp. To put things into perspective, in recent years there has been a frontal attack against Federico Aldrovandi’s mother and Stefano Cucchi’s sister (Italians killed in police custody).
Minniti said that with the attack at Manchester Arena, we are facing a “more complex organization” than the “lone wolves” seen in action in Berlin, London, Stockholm or Paris. “Explosives were used, and we do not know whether the bombers were acting alone. It seems there are links with Libya.”
Considering the peculiarities of the Manchester attack and the new scenario that is emerging from this mode of Islamic terrorism (“multifaceted and with zero predictability”), Minniti announced a “new Italian security model” to replace the now obsolete framework that has been in place for “roughly 70 years.” And in order to do that, we have to “start from the revival of the national police forces, starting with the State Police, and strengthen the relationship with the mayors. This is strategic because they know the local areas thoroughly.”