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Parcel Bombs Rattle Rome

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Posted on Dec 23, 2010
AP / Angelo Carconi

Mayor Gianni Alemanno speaks to the media outside the Swiss Embassy in Rome following the mail-bombing incident there on Thursday.

Package bombs detonated at two embassies in Rome on Thursday, injuring one person at each post, in attacks similar to a spate of attempted bombings in Greece last month. A Swiss Embassy employee suffered injuries to both hands in the first incident in Rome, and another was reportedly hurt at the Chilean Embassy later, followed by the discovery of yet another suspicious mailing at the Ukranian Embassy, according to The New York Times. —KA

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After the first explosion, Foreign Minister Franco Frattini of Italy quickly condemned what he called a “deplorable act of violence” against the Swiss Embassy and wished the employee a speedy recovery. Counterterrorism officials have opened up an investigation, Italy’s ANSA news agency reported.

After the explosion at the Swiss embassy, bomb disposal experts checked the building, located in the leafy Rome neighborhood of Parioli, but no one was evacuated, Reuters reported. “The ambassador is still on site,” Maurizio Mezzavilla, a police spokesman, told reporters at the scene.

The parcel explosions come two days after Rome police discovered a defective explosive device under a subway seat. That package—containing tubes, wiring and a small amount of explosive powder—“was too rudimentary” to work, the police said.

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By Simone, February 13, 2012 at 6:43 am Link to this comment
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We can’t blame Hillary. Not for the rsoaen no one ever does but because we need to blame the system for not throwing her incompetent ass in jail for lying to the government over the Rose law firm records.Look at her record, can anyone honestly be surprised? Napolitano is a genuine surprise. Hopefully she doesn’t turn out to be the Michael Scott of politics: good governor over her head as homeland security chief. How about we start appointing women to positions they earn and are qualified for instead of what they and feminists think they are entitled to?If the press should drop a pair and do it’s job and start grilling Hillary she will probably just cry again so they will leave her alone.

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By berniem, December 24, 2010 at 2:46 pm Link to this comment

Hmmm.. Just wondering if these incidents are more examples of agent provocateurs keeping the population from losing interest in the “WAR ON TERROR”. There’s still a lot of oil to be secured and profits to be made by the MIC before this “crisis” is fully exploited. After all who cares about the “WAR ON DRUGS” anymore? It might as well get folded into our current obsessions and rolled into the one endless war for permanent peace. Don’t count on Osama getting caught anytime soon.

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By rico, suave, December 24, 2010 at 1:23 am Link to this comment

Word’s out that the bombs were planted by “anarchists.”

Yeah, right. Chile and Switzerland are right up there on the anarchist hate chart.

I tooootally agree with ML: It had to be Cheney and here’s why- Cheney fell while skiing in Chile and was embarrassed- QED. Cheney’s secret Halliburton slush fund at UBS, a Swiss bank, was compromised and drained by WikiLeaks (I am the only one who knows this)- QED.

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By M L, December 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment
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3 more injured for Cheney’s War on Terrorism. The Wikileak documents can’t come soon enough.

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