Italian police have raided the homes of known left-wing extremists after the murder on Wednesday (8 November) of State prosecutor Sr.
Italian police have raided the homes of known left-wing extremists after the murder on Wednesday (8 November) of State prosecutor Sr. Fedela Calvosa, his driver and bodyguard on a road eighty kilometres (fifty miles) south of Rome. Leftist guerrilla organisations have claimed responsibility for the attack. The killings are regarded in Italy as the most serious incident of political violence since the Red Brigade kidnapped and murdered former Prime Minister Aldo Moro.
SYNOPSIS: Sr. Fedele Calvosa, and his aides died when their car was ambushed on a forest road near Parica in the Lepini mountains. Three men and a woman forced the prosecutor's car to stop at a road junction, before firing their automatic weapons. Sr. Calvosa and his bodyguard died instantly, but the driver dived into a ditch before being shot in the head.
Police used helicopters to search the area. They found a car believed to have been used by the killers. Inside was a body thought to be one of the attackers, Roberto Capone, mortally wounded during the attack and later abandoned.
Forensic tests have shown the ammunition used in the attack was similar to that which killed former Italian Prime Minister, Aldo Moro. Roberto Capone was arrested on suspicion of involvement in guerrilla groups after the Moro killing, but later released.
Police feared the body may be booby-trapped, and used a rope to remove it from the car. Sr. Calvosa was the seventh justice official murdered in Italy in seven years. He had a reputation for taking a hard line on law and order, but had never heard cases involving urban guerrillas. A group calling itself 'Fighting Formations for Communism' has claimed responsibility for this attack, warning more would follow. Italy's security forces day the attack may be the start of a new wave of political violence.