Italian political extremists have set off a bomb outside one of the country's biggest prisons, in Rome.
Italian political extremists have set off a bomb outside one of the country's biggest prisons, in Rome. The bombing, on Monday (14 May), was apparently an attempt to disrupt the campaign for Italy's general election, on June the third and fourth. Police said the extremists exploded about five kilos (eleven pounds) of dynamite in a stolen car, parked outside the jail. No injuries were reported.
SYNOPSIS: The bomb left a gaping hole in the front entrance of the prison and destroyed seven cars. Large chunks of marble were hurled across the street and hundreds of windows were broken.
A group -- calling itself the "Popular Revolutionary Movement" -- claimed responsibility for the blast. But there was some doubt whether the gang was extreme leftist or fascist. Both left and right-wing groups have threatened to disrupt Italy's election campaign. Several leftist urban guerrillas are being held in the prison -- which is called the "Queen of Heaven".
Because of threats to undermine the elections, troops have been brought in to reinforce the police during the campaign. No party is expected to win a clear majority.