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    In Italy, the Turin prison guard murdered in a gun battle earlier this week was buried on Thursday (13 April).

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    In Italy, the Turin prison guard murdered in a gun battle earlier this week was buried on Thursday (13 April). On the same day, police were waiting to interrogate an injured gunman, who was dumped outside a Turin hospital after the shooting.

    SYNOPSIS: The gunman, who was critically hurt, claims that he was wounded in an action of war, and he considers himself a political prisoner. But that was all he was saying. His name is Cristoforo Piancone. Police are not yet sure whether he is a member of the Red Brigades, the kidnappers of 61 year-old former premier Aldo Moro. But they are hoping he may provide the break in an apparent deadlock in the Moro kidnap hunt. Police know that Piancone, who is 28, worked for a large motor manufacturer in Turin, although he disappeared about a year ago.

    The man whom police believe Piancone helped murder, Turin prison guard Lorenzo Cutugno, was buried after a service attended by many colleagues at the jail where 15 Red Brigades members are being held during their trial. The burial took place only a few hours after police received an anonymous telephone call from a man saying the Red Brigades were claiming responsibility for the murder??? The caller added that hospital and law and law officials would be held responsible for Piancone safety.

    Lorenzo Cutugno, who was 31, was shot as he was leaving the elevator in his apartment block, but he managed to fire back at the gunmen before he died. The Italian government has so far rejected any deal with the Red Brigades, although the kidnappers have hinted that they might release Aldo Moro in exchange for the prisoners held in Turin.

    There have been appeals to the government to reconsider its position, in particular from a group of intellectuals Catholic bishops, but the appeals are not expected to budge the government from its stated resolve.

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