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Police Suspect Anarchists: 2 Injured by Package Bombs Inside Swiss and Chilean Embassies in Rome


Package bombs exploded at the Swiss and Chilean embassies in the Italian capital of Rome, injuring the two people who opened them. Police have ordered checks at all embassies there.

Two package parcel bombs exploded inside the Swiss and Chilean embassies in Rome on Thursday, December 22, 2010.

The first blast occurred at the Swiss Embassy, and injured an employee who opened the small package. The worker was seriously injured and may lose one or both hands because of the injuries.

The second explosion about 90 minutes later occurred at the Chilean Embassy, and injured employee Cesar Mella, 50, who was preparing to open a package. Mella is reported to be at risk of losing an eye.

The Swiss mission was recently targeted by an unknown group that place an explosive device that was found in the street outside the embassy wall on October 5, 2010, and contained a message demanding the release of three convicted eco-militants imprisoned in Swiss jails.

Police conducted a citywide inspection of embassies.

On Tuesday, a bomb without a detonator was found on a Rome subway.