Bomb at Rome embassy linked to anarchist attacks
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