One person was killed and at least 47 were injured -- some critically -- when a hand grenade was hurled outside the central police station in Milan, Italy, on Thursday (May 17).
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Background: One person was killed and at least 47 were injured -- some critically -- when a hand grenade was hurled outside the central police station in Milan, Italy, on Thursday (May 17).
Police said the grenade was thrown by an anarchist, Gianfranco Bertoli, who was arrested immediately, after being cornered by an enraged crowd.
Dozens of people were hurled to the ground by the blast. 23-year-old Garziella Bortolon later died in hospital and a 64-year-old man was given little chance of surviving. Twenty police were injured.
Minutes before the blast, Interior Minister Mariano Rumor and National Police Chief Efisio Zanda Loy had left the police station where they had been attending a memorial service for a police inspector killed in Milan a year ago.
SYNOPSIS: In the initial confusion it was hard to tell how many were injured but police later put the figure at around 50. The blast itself just knocked people over but the shrapnel wrought terrible injuries among the passers-by. The anarchist Bertoli had been living in Switzerland for some time and was already wanted in Italy for attempted homicide. Among the casualties were the commander of Milan's police force and nineteen of his men.
Later, police examined fragments of the Israeli-made grenade. The memorial service held in the police station just before the explosion had been for Police Inspector Luigi Calabresi. He was shot to death while he was investigating the 1969 bombing of a Milan bank which killed 16 people and injured more than sighty.