The Herald on Sunday

Italian union leader struck by truck and killed


A UNION leader was killed in northern Italy when a truck apparently broke through a picket line outside a supermarke­t warehouse and struck him.

The Italian premier, Mario Draghi, expressed sorrow for the death of Adil Belakhdim, 37, and said “it’s necessary that light is immediatel­y shed on what happened”.

According to Italian news reports and union officials, about 20 people who work in logistics for the supermarke­t chain Lidl were protesting outside the warehouse on Friday when a truck driver trying to leave the facility drove through a line of picketers blocking a gate.

An unidentifi­ed witness told Italian state TV the vehicle struck Belakhdim and dragged him for several yards.

Italian media said the driver sped away from the scene in the municipali­ty of Biandrate.

While initial reports said the driver was stopped by police on a nearby highway, the LaPresse news agency later said that the driver stopped at a tollbooth on the highway and called Carabinier­i paramilita­ry police.

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