Two Italians are among the victims of two tragedies happened yesterday: the attack of Talibans to the Hotel in Kabul – where 14 people died, 9 foreigners among them – and in the derailment of the train going from Washington to NY near Philly – where 7 people died. The man who died in the USA is Giuseppe Piras and he was there for work. It was Andrea Canepari, the counsellor, who spread the news.
His family is keeping in touch with the Consulate, and hoped the train was not the one he was in. Nevertheless, after a series of controls led by local officers and the doctors in the hospital where about 200 people are hospitalized, it was clear that Piras was among the victims. The Mayor of Philadelphia communicated it to the Consulate. The identification was possible thanks to a photo of him that was sent by a friend of the family.
The other Italian died in the Taliban attack to the guesthouse in Kabul. Italian media spread the news. The Farnesina confirmed. It is Sandro Abati, 48, from the north of Italy. The men was in the hotel with his girlfriend who was killed too.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa