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Parcels x-rayed as anarchists step up bombing campaign

Italian police ordered postal workers in Bologna yesterday to x-ray parcels addressed to European institutions, in an attempt to staunch the flow of parcel bombs from the city after four found their way to EU targets in less than a week. Only one of the bombs went off: when Romano Prodi, the president of the European Commission, opened a book he received through the post last Saturday, incendiary material inside burst into flames, damaging furnishings in his home. Mr Prodi was unhurt. Similar devices sent to the president of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Jean-Claude Trichet, and pan-European police and justice organisations in Holland, were dismantled before they could do any damage. Police were alerted to the bombing campaign a few days before when two devices exploded in rubbish bins outside Mr Prodi’s home. The blasts were claimed by a group calling itself the Informal Federation of Anarchists, which warned that other European targets were also in its sights. Full Story

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