ROME — Two youths on a motorcycle shot and killed an Italian air force general today. The defense minister was quoted as saying the Red Brigades leftist terrorist group was behind the attack.
Defense Ministry spokesman Cmdr. Franceso Di Mento identified the victim of the 6:45 p.m. shooting as Gen. Livio Giorgieri, an engineer in charge of purchasing and maintaining arms and aircraft.
Police said the shooting occurred in the Aurelia section of Rome.
The Italian news agency AGI said the general was in an air force car when two youths, their faces covered with the shields of their helmets, pulled up alongside his car and opened fire with pistols.
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"The Red Brigades continue to operate," Defense Minister Giovanni Spadolini was quoted by news agencies as saying as he left a Cabinet meeting to go to the scene of the killing.