Italian anarchists launch parcel bomb campaign
A parcel bomb exploded outside the main entrance of Equitalia, the Italian revenues collection agency in Rome.
The bomb injured Marco Cuccagna, the director-general of the agency as he opened the envelope.
The Italian police suspect the envelope was sent by a group of anarchists called the Informal Anarchist Federation.
The group is linked to a parcel bomb that was sent to Josef Ackermann, head of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, earlier this week.
Police from the German state of Hessen said the bomb was “fully functional”. The parcel was intercepted by scanners in the bank’s post room.
The package reportedly contained a letter written in Italian, from a group calling itself the Informal Anarchist Federation.
Police said the document claimed there would be “three explosions against banks, bankers, ticks and bloodsuckers”.
The package is understood to have had a return address of the European Central Bank, also in Frankfurt.
The group has also claimed responsibility for two other parcel bombs that have been sent to the Swiss and Chilean embassies in Rome.