Turin police on Friday staged an operation to arrest eight people suspected of causing the panic that led to a deadly stampede among people watching the Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid that killed one woman and injured 1,500 in a Turin square last June, sources said. The arrested people are suspected of trying to commit robberies by using pepper spray, thus causing the panic that swept through the northern city's Piazza San Carlo square as fans watched the match on a big screen, the sources said.
Who were these thugs?
Police said those arrested are a group of young men between the ages of 18-20 from North African countries, five of whom have Italian citizenship.
The group conducted a series of robberies during large public events in northern Italy, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Belgium by using pepper spray, police said.