Embassy Bombings in Rome Wound 2 People

By: CBS News
By: CBS News

Rome's police chief says all embassies have been informed about a pair of package bombs that exploded at the Swiss and Chilean embassies, injuring two people who opened them.

Chief Francesco Tagliente said a suspicious package found at the Ukrainian embassy turned out to be a false alarm. He spoke to reporters as he arrived Thursday at the Chilean embassy, where witnesses say an explosion was heard shortly after 3 p.m. One person was injured.

Three hours earlier, a package bomb exploded inside an office in the Swiss Embassy, wounding the staffer who opened it. He was taken to the hospital with serious hand injuries but his life is not in danger, the Swiss ambassador Bernardino Regazzoni said.

Italy's interior minister says investigators believe anarchists may have been behind the package bombs.

The ANSA news agency quoted Minister Roberto Maroni as saying
the bombings Thursday, which injured the two people who opened the
packages, were similar to the mail bombs sent to 14 embassies in
Athens last month.


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