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Italy Scrambles to Determine the Target

Italian anti-terrorism experts scrambled Monday to determine the possible target of two suspected Red Brigades fugitives involved in a deadly shootout with police on a train, amid fears the far-left terrorist group was preparing to strike again. The shootout Sunday near Arezzo left a policeman dead and another wounded. A member of the group that terrorized Italy in the ’70s and ’80s was killed and his companion captured. The group had resumed killings a few years ago. Authorities were holding Nadia Desdemona Lioce, 43, who was wanted for the 1999 slaying in Rome of Massimo D’Antona, an adviser to the labor ministry. When led away in handcuffs Sunday from the tiny train station where the train had stopped, Lioce shouted, “Yes, it’s me, Nadia Desdemona Lioce. I declare myself a political prisoner.” With Lioce’s refusal to make any further comments, and the death her companion, Mario Galesi, 37, after surgery for his wounds in the shootout, investigators were concentrating on the contents of a bag the couple carried on the train. Inside, state TV reported, was a tiny video camera tucked into a cigarette pack, floppy disks, a road map of central Italy, notebook pages with names and phone numbers and a palm-held computer. Full Story

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