• Short Summary

    A BOMB EXPLODED IN THE CENTRE OF VIENNA EARLY THIS MORNING (SATURDAY). NO CASUALTIES WERE?

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    SCENE OF EXPLOSION AREA; FIREMEN AND DEBRIS; BOMB CRATER.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A BOMB EXPLODED IN THE CENTRE OF VIENNA EARLY THIS MORNING (SATURDAY). NO CASUALTIES WERE REPORTED.

    THE EXPLOSION OCCURRED IN FRONT OF THE ALITALIA AIRLINE OFFICE OPPOSITE THE STATE OPERA BUILDING. THE BLAST SHATTERED HUNDREDS OF WINDOWS, INCLUDING SOME IN THE BRISTOL HOTEL ON VIENNA'S MAIN RINGSTRASSE. TRAFFIC WAS DIVERTED AND STATE SECURITY POLICE BEGAN AN INVESTIGATION. THE ENTRANCES OF A MODERN PASSENGER TUNNEL BELOW THE OPERA CROSSING WERE DAMAGED BY THE BLAST.

    THE BOMB IS LINKED WITH THE REVIVAL OF TERRORISM IN SOUTH TYROL (ALTO ADIGE), BUT IT IS THE FIRST SUCH ATTACK IN THE AUSTRIAN CAPITAL. BOMBS EXPLODED IN AND NEAR THE PROVINCE CAPITAL OF BOLZANO, AND TWO UNARMED ITALIAN CUSTOMS MEN WERE SHOT AND KILLED NEAR THE AUSTRIAN BORDER LAST MONTH.

    SOUTH TYROL, CALLED ALTO ADIGE BY THE ITALIANS, WAS FORMERLY PART OF THE AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN EMPIRE BUT WAS CEDED TO ITALY AFTER THE FIRST WORLD WAR. THE BULK OF ITS POPULATION SPEAKS GERMAN. DEMANDS BY GERMAN-SPEAKING EXTREMISTS FOR AUTONOMY FOR ALTO ADIGE OR INCORPORATION INTO AUSTRIA HAVE BEEN ACCOMPANIED BY FREQUENT BOMB EXPLOSIONS AND OUTBREAKS OF VIOLENCE.

    LAST JANUARY, 58 PERSONS WENT ON TRIAL IN MILAN ON CHARGES RANGING FROM CONSPIRACY TO HOMICIDE, AFTER BOMB INCIDENTS IN SOUTH TYROL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAX3HQTZJKKHE2BXX5RU2621R4
    Media URN:
    VLVAX3HQTZJKKHE2BXX5RU2621R4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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