A prominent journalist and a Rome policeman have been killed in separate attacks in a resurgence of Italy's urban guerrilla warfare which has claimed 30 lives this year.
SV: Police officer and photographer inspecting car at the scene of Rome shooting as crowd looks on. (2 shots)
SV: Scooter lying on side on pavement ZOOM IN cap on pavement
SV: Policeman on scene with automatic rifle clearing crowds away from the area
GV: Scene on shooting in Milan with detectives writing down information
SV: Dead man in gutter as crowd looks on
SV: Policemen on the scene ZOOM IN priest standing near body. (2 shots)
SV: Police standing near dead man's car looking at body
SV: Detectives standing over body
SV: Detectives standing over body PAN DOWN TO body on pavement
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Background: A prominent journalist and a Rome policeman have been killed in separate attacks in a resurgence of Italy's urban guerrilla warfare which has claimed 30 lives this year. The extreme leftist guerrilla group, the March 28 Brigade, say they shot the journalist, Walter Tobagi, while the neo-fascist movement, the Armed Revolutionary Nuclei (NAR) claims responsibility for killing the policeman.
SYNOPSIS: Lance-Corporal France Evangelista died after a four-man gang shot him and two colleagues at close range in Rome street. A taxi drive also was slightly wounded. The gunmen used silenced pistols to attack the policemen as they sat in a car.
Two men on motor cycles and two in a car had driven up to the policemen in a street filled with children outside the Julius Caesar high school in central Rome. They opened fire and fled, wounding the taxi drive in the hand as they escaped.
Four men also were involved in the other shooting, which took place in Milan. Mr Tobagi, a political commentator for Italy's leading newspaper, Corrier Della Sera, was shot in the neck. He collapsed on the pavement in front of a bar after his attacker fired two shots from behind a bush before escaping with three accomplices in a car. A person, claiming to be a member of the March 28 Brigade, later telephoned a daily newspaper to say the organisation had "executed" Mr Tobagi and would continue a campaign against the press.
Thirty-three-year old Mr Tobagi recently had co-authored a book on terrorism and was chairman of the Lombardy Journalists' Association. Journalist have become regular targets of urban guerrilla attacks. Two weeks ago the March 28 Brigade shot and wounded another reporter, Guido Passalacqua, who is a terrorism expert for the La Republica newspaper.