On June 24, 2021, in Florence, Italy, a 31-year-old Egyptian migrant stabbed two passengers on a bus with a knife after being asked to put on a COVID mask. The migrant seriously injured a 63-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man. The knife-wielding terrorist was intercepted by police while trying to escape through the streets.
The Egyptian boarded the bus without wearing a state-mandated COVID mask. The bus driver, required by law to check passengers for masks, requested the man put one on. The Egyptian ignored the driver and remained maskless. A 52-year-old man intervened and repeated the driver’s request. The terrorist reacted by pulling a knife from his pocket and stabbing the man in the head and hand.
The driver immediately stopped the bus while passengers surrounded the attacker inside the vehicle. After severely injuring the passenger with a knife, the migrant repeatedly kicked and punched the injured man. Passengers tried to protect the 52-year-old and push the attacker away, but the migrant overpowered them. A 63-year-old woman who attempted to protect the man was severely stabbed in her hand.
One hundred and eighteen health workers and police rushed to the scene of the bloody attack. When authorities tried to arrest the Egyptian, he attacked them and tried to escape.
Police arrested the man for aggravated personal injury, resistance to a public official, interruption of public service, and unjustified possession of objects capable of harm.