Italy: Police defuse parcel bomb in business capital of Milan

Milan, 21 Feb. (AKI) – Police on Monday defused a parcel bomb in the northern city of Milan placed close to a retail location belonging to Italian energy giant Eni and an office of leftwing daily Il Fatto Quotidiano. They sealed off the surrounding area and forensic teams combed the site for clues.

A female employee of the Eni Gas and Power Store alerted police after she spotted the device on a sidewalk near Milan’s Cathedral.

The device contained a kitchen timer, three fireworks and a bottle full of inflammable liquid. It had been set to explode and 1.50 pm local time but failed to due to a faulty fuse, according to initial police reports.

No one saw the bomb being planted and no group claimed responsibility for the attempted attack. Police have opened an investigation into the incident.

An Italian group, the Informal Anarchist Federation, claimed responsibility for a package bomb found outside the Greek embassy in Rome which was defused on 27 December 2010.

Nobody was injured in the incident. But two parcel bombs at the Chilean and Swiss embassies in the Italian capital on 23 December 2010 seriously injured two people who opened them.

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