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By AFP     Feb 7, 2018 in World

An Italian man accused of shooting six African migrants in a racist attack has received a wave of support from "ordinary people", his lawyer said Wednesday.

Far-right sympathiser Luca Traini, who shot five men and one woman from Ghana, Mali and Nigeria in the central city of Macerata last Saturday, said the "trigger" was the murder of an Italian woman allegedly by a Nigerian asylum seeker.

And Traini's views have earned him numerous messages of support, his lawyer Giancarlo Giulianelli said.

"These messages of solidarity continue to arrive, from all parts of the political spectrum -- often from ordinary people and also from left-wing friends from Macerata and also obviously from right-wing people with the same ideology as Luca," Giulianelli said.

"The messages mostly come from regular people who want to write letters or send money. Some even support the act itself, as though they were happy that he did it.

"There are people who say let me know your IBAN (bank details) so I can send money', but my client, although he thanks everyone for the messages, doesn't intend to have any financial support because he wants it... to be sent to help Italian families in difficulty."

Traini, a 28-year-old security agent, calmly awaited police draped in an Italian flag after the shootings in a country where immigration is a hot-button issue a month ahead of elections.

Giulianelli said his client snapped a day after a Nigerian asylum-seeker and drug dealer was arrested in the same town for the murder of an 18-year-old woman, whose dismembered body was discovered in suitcases.

"He went to the gym but then immediately changed his mind because he had this profound hatred inside of him. He lost it, that's what he said. 'I lost it and I wanted to kill black drug dealers'. That was his version," Guilianelli added.

"Leave aside the politics -- Luca was a marginalised person with problems related to his life that exploded with this act.

"The act obviously had a racial element so it highlights Luca's political ideology. But it was the act of a person who really isn't very well.

"Luca is not a fascist criminal, he is a boy who needs help," his lawyer insisted, saying people on the left and right swung from exaggerating to denying the problems posed by migration, whose solution "cannot be that given by Luca."

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