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 21, 1999 |
Gunmen waiting in ambush killed a top government aide as he walked to work Thursday, and investigators gave credence to claims of responsibility by the Red Brigades, leftists who terrorized Italy in the 1970s and early 1980s. Massimo D'Antona, a close advisor to Italy's labor minister, was shot by at least two young men several blocks from his home near central Rome.
April 19, 1997 |
Italy's military intelligence agency has warned that the country's international airports and Pope John Paul II could be the targets of Islamic terrorists, Italian media reported Friday. The warning was issued late Thursday at a meeting of Italy's intelligence and security agencies. It comes amid souring relations between Western Europe and Iran after a German court ruling blamed Iran's top leaders for the 1992 murders of Kurdish dissidents in Berlin.
August 1, 1993 |
Interior Minister Nicola Mancino warned Italy's police chiefs of the danger of new acts of subversion after bombs in Rome and Milan killed five people. Authorities have mainly pointed a finger at the Mafia as being responsible for the five bombings since May 14, but have said former members of the secret services could also be involved. A new success was reported in the hunt for the killers who blew up Mafia-busting judge Paolo Borsellino in July, 1992.
July 30, 1993 |
Angry and bewildered, Italians are finding it easier to understand the intent than to guess the identity of the new breed of terrorists striking at the heart of their national, cultural and religious heritage. Bombs that irreparably damaged two of Rome's landmark churches Tuesday "struck a blow at the heart of Christianity," in the words of Pope John Paul II.