ROME — A powerful bomb hidden in a sports bag ripped through the offices of British Airways today, injuring at least 14 people in the second terrorist attack in the busy Via Veneto area in 10 days. A Palestinian youth caught fleeing the scene confessed to the bombing.
The injured, including a woman whose right leg was crushed by the blast, were taken to nearby hospitals. Four people, all Italians, were reported in serious condition.
The blast shattered the tall plate glass windows of the airline office, raining glass shards on pedestrians and passing cars.
The office is only a short distance from the Via Veneto and a sidewalk cafe hit by a hand grenade Sept. 16. That attack, for which a Palestinian also was blamed, injured 38 people, 11 of them Americans.
U.S. Embassy Nearby
The heavily guarded U.S. Embassy is less than one block from both targets.
A Muslim terrorist organization, the Revolutionary Organization of Socialist Muslims, claimed responsibility for the cafe bombing a week ago in an anonymous telephone call in Beirut. The group threatened more attacks.