Bomb at Rome em­bassy linked to an­ar­chist attacks

The Pak Banker - - 6i Nternational -

ROME: Ital­ian po­lice were Tues­day i nves­ti­gat­ing whether an at­tempted par­cel bomb­ing at t he Greek em­bassy in Rome might have been car­ried out by an an­ar­chist group that tar­geted two em­bassies last week.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said Mon­day the de­vice at the Greek em­bassy in Rome bore the hall­marks of a sim­i­lar at­tack by an­ar­chists on the Chilean and Swiss mis­sions last week.

The pack­age was "sim­i­lar to those that ex­ploded last week in the Chilean and Swiss em­bassies," Ital­ian po­lice spokesman Sal­va­tore Cag­nazzo told AFP.

"The mail worker at the em­bassy opened it but it didn't go off," he said, adding that the pack­age was then de­fused by bomb dis­posal ex­perts.

The ex­plo­sive de­vice was con­tained in a large padded yel­low en­ve­lope with a CD case in­side and was in­tended to det­o­nate when opened.

"There's an an­ar­chist group, a ter­ror­ist group that wants to send a sig­nal on an in­ter­na­tional level," the mayor of Rome, Gianni Ale­manno, told re­porters, adding that the city was now on "max­i­mum vig­i­lance." The in­ter­cep­tion of the par­cel bomb for the Greek em­bassy was fol­lowed by around 10 false alarms at other for­eign em­bassies around Rome.

Greece's am­bas­sador to Italy, Michael Cam­ba­nis, was quoted by La Repub­blica daily on its web­site as say­ing that the par­cel bomb had "ar­rived on Fri­day but no one opened it be­cause of the Christ­mas hol­i­days." A po­lice source in Athens told AFP that co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Ital­ian and Greek po­lice was "closer" af­ter the dis­cov­ery of the pack­age, while a jus­tice min­istry source said: "Italy's ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties have sought Greece's help to de­ter­mine pos­si­ble links be­tween Ital­ian and Greek mil­i­tant groups."

Last Thurs­day two par­cel bombs ex­ploded at the Chilean and Swiss em­bassies in Rome, in­jur­ing a Swiss mail worker and a Chilean diplo­mat.

Pros­e­cu­tors on Mon­day said that their in­quiry for sus­pected "ter­ror­ism" over last week's bombs would now in­clude the Greek em­bassy pack­age.

Last week's blasts were claimed by an Ital­ian an­ar­chist group call­ing it­self the In­for­mal Fed­er­a­tion of An­ar­chy, or FAI un­der its Ital­ian acro­nym. In­ves­ti­ga­tors have said they be­lieve the claim is "re­li­able". "We have de­cided to make our voice heard with words and deeds. Let us de­stroy the sys­tem of dom­i­na­tion... Long live an­ar­chy," read a charred note found at the scene of the Chilean em­bassy blast. -Ap

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