Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
TURIN

Anarchist groups claim Turin newspaper bomb

English
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(By Denis Greenan).
Turin, April 12 - The Informal Anarchist Federation
(FAI) and the International Revolutionary Front (FRI) on Friday
claimed responsibility for a letter bomb delivered to the La
Stampa newspaper offices in Turin on Tuesday.
FAI has staged a string of attacks in Italy and abroad
over the years, while FRI is a smaller and more recently formed
leftist extremist group which has apparently teamed up with it.
In a letter to the Genoa daily Secolo XIX, the groups said
that they had sent the device that was wired to explode.
Three suspected FAI members were arrested in connection
with the incident Thursday.
The Italian newspaper offices were evacuated after police
specialists determined the package was not a hoax, and
contained explosives that were primed to blow when opened.
Last May, members of FAI attacked and shot in the legs the
CEO of the Ansaldo nuclear power company, Roberto Adinolfi, as
he left his Genoa home to go to work - an attack which sparked
fears Italy risked seeing a return of the political violence it
endured in the 1970s.
Italian anti-terrorist police investigating the group's
message said that the letter bomb was 'dedicated' to two FAI
members, Alfredo Cospito and Nicola Gai, who were arrested in
September for the kneecapping of Adinolfi.
Later on Friday several hooded protesters broke away from
a larger group demonstrating in Turin and threw stones at the
windows of the La Stampa newspaper offices and at staff members,
injuring one man.
An editor, photographer and driver from the publication
were trapped in a car when several anarchist demonstrators began
hurling stones, striking the driver on the wrist and arm.
Police said that approximately 50 anarchists were
protesting the arrests of the three FAI suspects in connection
with the letter bomb.
In their letter to Il Secolo, FAI said: "La Stampa is no
more than a paper of the regime, so it is a target of our war
against the state and society that sustains and legitimizes its
existence every day".
Anti-terrorist investigators said that they had
"expected" a vendetta attempt by the group and that they were
sure it "was not over".
The most recent report from Italy's domestic intelligence
service said that a wave of arrests of FAI operatives had put
the group in "operational stasis".
The biggest coup against both FAI and FRI came last June
when Italian police arrested about a dozen suspected members of
the groups.
Eight people were arrested in Italy and two people already
being detained abroad were also served arrest
warrants.
The arrested people were suspected of involvement in
numerous attacks, including letter bombs sent in 2011 to
Italian tax-collection agency Equitalia, Deutsche Bank in
Frankfurt and the Greek Embassy in Paris.
Interior Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri said at the time
that the operation "represents an important achievement for
the State against the anarchist-insurrectionist threat obtained
thanks to the precious investigative work of the police and
magistrates," said
The minister added that she had called the police to
congratulate them on a "brilliant operation".
Her comments were echoed by the policeman in charge of the
Perugia-based operation.
"It is a response from the State to the
anarchist-insurrectionist aggression," said Giampaolo Ganzer.
He said that the investigation had uncovered the brains
behind the attacks and the people who actually carried them out.
Ganzer added that officers had seized material that could
be used to make explosives during searches of a number of homes.
The foreigners served warrants were a Swiss man already in
jail in his homeland and a Spaniard being held in Germany.
Ganzer said the investigation had uncovered strong links
between Italian and Greek anarchist extremists.
He said 24 people in addition to the 10 arrested were under
investigation, including six Greeks who are already in custody.

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