Italy’s security to be increased after failed bomb attacks

ROME, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) — The Italian government announced on Thursday that tighter national security measures will be examined after two bombs were discovered in separate locations in northern Italy this week.

An anarchist group has claimed responsibility for the partially exploded bomb found at Bocconi’s Milan University on Wednesday as well as a letter bomb sent to an immigrant center in the northeast region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia on Tuesday.

Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said the government was very concerned about the two bombs and did not underestimate their significance.

“It is a serious thing, these actions are occurring in several cities, in Milan and in Friuli, but also other places,” Maroni said. “We are giving a great deal of attention to these events and looking at measures to take to avoid their spreading in the country.”

As investigations into the bombs continue, authorities fear there may be more attacks.

One partially exploded bomb, discovered at the Bocconi University in Milan, was claimed by an anarchist group inspired by Chilean left-wing anarchist Mauricio Morales.

The bomb was supposed to have exploded at 3 a.m. local time on Wednesday, when the university was closed. The package contained at least two kilograms of dynamite and Italy’s anti-terrorism police said it would have caused major damage if the entire contents of the bomb had detonated.

Those responsible left a flyer at the scene entitled “Operation Eat the Rich.” Milan’s Bocconi University is a prestigious private university and one of the world’s top business schools.

The second bomb was sent to an immigration detention center in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. The center processes requests from illegal immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees.

Several commentators and politicians have linked the bombs to the increasing tensions in the country and to the attack on Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, urging to “tune-down” and recover a peaceful dialogue.

Italy’s political scene has been lately rocked by fierce wrestle between the opposition and the judiciary on one side, and Berlusconi and his center-right government on the other.

The prime minister has repeatedly accused the “communist left” of conducting a personal fight against him.

According to many newspapers, Italy is on the verge of re-living the same era of violence and terrorism experienced 30 years ago, when left and right wing militia bitterly contended each other.

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