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Five anarchists held in Italy over January 1st blast

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Five anarchists held in Italy over January 1st blast
The bomb was planted outside a bookshop in Florence. File photo: VitorMarigo/ Deposit Photos
11:05 CEST+02:00
Italian police said they had arrested on Thursday five anarchists suspected of planting a bomb outside a far-right bookshop in Florence on January 1st that badly injured an explosives expert.

The five have been arrested for "attempted manslaughter," they said in a statement.

The blast, triggered by a timer, occurred as a bomb disposal officer approached the device. He lost a hand and an eye.

Three other anarchists were also arrested for suspected firebomb attacks on a police barracks in the Florence suburbs, the statement added.

Around 200 police were involved in the roundup, it said.

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