Two gunmen attacked the Iraqi embassy in Rome on Wednesday (4 June) shooting a clerk dead.
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Background: Two gunmen attacked the Iraqi embassy in Rome on Wednesday (4 June) shooting a clerk dead. One of the gunmen was seriously wounded by the embassy security guards and was captured.
SYNOPSIS: About ten people were in the embassy consular section when the gunmen burst in. After ordering them in Arabic to put their hands up, the gunmen approached a 28-year-old guard and shot him dead. Police said other embassy guards ran in and there was an exchange of fire. One of the attackers was wounded and captured. The other fled.
The man who was wounded was captured while trying to run across the courtyard of the building. He left behind him a suitcase full of explosives. A guard threw the suitcase out of a window and its contents were later defused by Italian army personnel. The incident attracted a large crowd demonstrating against the Ayatollah Khomeini.
Police said the exchange of fire with embassy security guards began when the gunmen tried to get into the main embassy building. The wounded gunman was hit by several bullets and is reported to be in a serious condition in hospital. The police said they had detained a youth fitting the description of the gunman who fled.
An embassy official said the two gunmen were armed with pistons. One of them said they were Iranians. The official said that when embassy personnel had handed over the captured gunman to police he had shouted: "Viva Khomeini".