Italy stabbings: One dead, footballer among five wounded in supermarket rampage

At least one person is dead and five others wounded after a stabbing rampage at an Italian supermarket.

The incident happened on Thursday evening at a Carrefour supermarket at a shopping centre south of Milan, when police say a man armed with a knife stabbed a number of people. Local media report that the man stole the knife from the supermarket before the attack.

A supermarket employee died en route to hospital, according to Italy's ANSA news agency.

One of the other wounded people was Spanish football player Pablo Mari who is currently on loan to the Italian Serie A size Monza, from Arsenal in England.

Local media say he is conscious, and has been transported to a nearby hospital, and Monza released a short statement from the club's CEO saying "Dear Pablo, we are all here close to you and your family, we love you, keep fighting as you know how to do, you are a warrior and you will get well soon."

Police have arrested a 46-year old Italian man as a suspect in the attack.

At this point the motive is unknown, but Italian authorities said there were no elements to suggest terrorism.

The Carabinieri police in Assago who were investigating the attacks refused to confirm any further details.

Witnesses told ANSA they saw people fleeing the supermarket in shock, and as the gravity of the situation became clear, shop workers pulled down the store's shutters.

The Carrefour supermarket chain said that police and ambulance crews responded immediately to calls alerting them about the attack.

The chain expressed its sympathies to employees and clients affected by the attack and said it was offering them psychological support.