Italy marks anniversary of Bologna bombing

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The massacre at Bologna train station killed 85 people on August 2nd 1980. Photo: AFP
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Italy on Friday marked the 33rd anniversary of the Bologna train station bombing, in which 85 people died. The bombing is the most devastating terrorist attack in the country's history.

The device, which was planted in a suitcase, exploded at 10.25 local time on August 2nd 1980 in an air-conditioned waiting room, which was crammed with people trying to escape the heat.

A further 200 people were injured in the attack, which was attributed to the neo-fascist terrorist organization, Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari, and destroyed most of the station’s building.

The victims were mainly station workers, passengers and tourists. The youngest was a three-year-old girl. Many of the victims were crushed to death after the roof of the waiting room collapsed. The explosion also hit a train that was waiting on the first platform.

Protests against terrorism were held across Italy in the days that followed.

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The bombing was considered as the culmination of a decade of terrorist violence by right and left extremist groups. 

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