EU Head Targeted in "Anarchist" Bombing
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EU Official Unhurt After Attack
Italian Targeted by Anarchist Group in Earlier Bombing
Sunday, December 28, 2003
ROME, Dec. 28 -- The president of the European Commission,
Romano Prodi, opened a letter bomb at his home in Bologna on
Saturday but was not hurt when the package, containing a
book packed with explosive powder, burst into flames.
Prodi emerged from his home late Saturday to assure the
public he was fine.
Last week, two small bombs exploded near Prodi's home, also
without harming anyone. A previously unknown anarchist group
claimed responsibility for those attacks, saying it had
targeted Prodi as a representative of a repressive "new
Prodi said the pages of the book in the packet had been cut
to insert explosive powder. He noted that he exercised
caution when he opened the package. "I kept it fairly far
away. There was a big flame but without an explosion. It
burned a piece of furniture and the carpet a bit," he said.
The book was a copy of "The Pleasure," a novel by Gabriele
D'Annunzio, an early supporter of Fascism who died in 1938.
Prodi joked that the choice of book might have been ironic.
Prodi said the package was addressed to his wife and
contained a nonexistent return address in Bologna. He lives
in Brussels, where the European Union's executive body is
based, but is spending the Christmas holidays in Bologna,
his home town in north central Italy.
On Dec. 21, two small bombs exploded near Prodi's Bologna
home. The bombs, each made with a cooking pot, a gas
cylinder and a timer, were hidden in trash bins a few feet
from Prodi's house, which was empty when they went off.
Later, a group calling itself the Informal Anarchic
Federation, under the acronym FAI in Italian, claimed
responsibility in a letter sent from Bologna to La
Repubblica newspaper. Investigators said the letter was
probably sent by the bombers.
Italy has a history of violence by political radicals.,
particularly in the 1970s and '80s, when far-left and
far-right terror groups carried out numerous attacks. The
country has also been on high alert for terrorism by Islamic
[And also a history of right-wingers committing such attacks
and giving the credit to left-wing groups.--DC]
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