July 19, 2001 |
Parcel bombs exploded Wednesday in the offices of clothing giant Benetton and at a TV station owned by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, heightening fears of violence at the upcoming Group of 8 summit in Genoa. No serious injuries were reported from the package that blew up at the Benetton office in Treviso, near Venice. The device was contained in a book that exploded when it was opened, the Italian news agency ANSA said.
July 17, 2001 |
A letter bomb blew up in the hands of a police officer Monday, seriously wounding him and fueling fears of violence at a summit that will bring world leaders to Genoa this week. Hours later, a second mail bomb blast ripped another policeman's arm off and wounded a third officer in Avezzano, hundreds of miles to the southeast, state television reported. But police said that blast was part of a local vendetta and unconnected to the summit.
July 1, 2001 |
Three men were sentenced to life in prison for the 1969 bombing at a bank in Milan, Italy, that left 16 people dead and opened a two-decade wave of terrorism in the nation. Delfo Zorzi, Carlo Maria Maggi and Giancarlo Rognoni, members of the neo-fascist New Order group, were convicted in the blast, which injured more than 80 people. Zorzi lives in Japan, which has refused to extradite him.
December 23, 2000 |
An explosion ripped through the Rome offices of the communist daily Il Manifesto, injuring the suspected bomber, said Italy's interior minister. The blast shook the building, located in an area packed with shoppers. Interior Minister Enzo Bianco said the suspect, Andrea Insabato, 41, was known to authorities as a veteran right-wing extremist. The blast raised concerns of a return to political violence four months before a general election.
May 6, 1999 |
A gasoline bomb was thrown at a McDonald's restaurant here early Wednesday, and two U.S. military vehicles were set ablaze outside an air base in what police suspect were protests against NATO airstrikes on Yugoslavia. A Molotov cocktail was thrown outside the McDonald's in a residential area of the capital. The incident came after three similar attacks on outlets of the same U.S. chain since the start of the bombing campaign in March, Italian news agency ANSA reported.
June 7, 1998 |
Two dozen reputed mobsters were found guilty of car bombings in 1993 that killed 10 people and damaged important buildings, including the well-known Uffizi Gallery in Florence. A three-judge panel in the Tuscan city sentenced 14 of the 26 defendants to life in prison, the maximum penalty in Italy. Among those were two alleged "Cosa Nostra" bosses. Two defendants were acquitted.