Two councillors from Italy's far-right Northern League provoked outrage on Tuesday after removing prayer mats that had been placed in Turin's city hall for a Muslim conference.

Roberto Carbonero and Fabrizio Ricca removed the rugs from a Muslim prayer room that had been created especially for a conference on Islamic fashion.

The pair insisted that the decision to remove the rugs was not down to prejudice or racism, but was because the city hall is a secular building.

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