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Car explodes near Italian synagogue, police rule out attack

A car exploded near a synagogue in the northern Italian city of Modena, killing its Palestinian driver, but police said their initial investigations ruled out terrorism. “We have spoken with Modena police and even if this is an unpleasant event, it seems we can rule out an attack,” said a spokesman for the interior ministry, Michele Calderone. He said the dead man was unemployed, “with psychological troubles” and added: “We are working on the thesis of suicide.” But the blast — and its proximity to a synagogue — triggered immediate political concern in Italy, only a month after deadly synagogue attacks in Istanbul. In an initial reaction, Italian government minister Carlo Giovanardi said he was “very much concerned about the incident, because of the identity of the attacker and the finality of the gesture, which are disturbing.” Full Story

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