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Bomb explodes outside a provincial base of League party in Treviso, no one injured

A rudimentary bomb exploded outside a provincial base of the League on the night of August 12th in the northeastern region of Veneto. A second explosive device containing nails was reportedly found nearby. Nobody was reported injured.

Bomb explodes outside a provincial base of League party in Treviso, no one injured
Italy’s Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, leader of the League party. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP.

Two bombs have been found outside a building used by Italy's League (La Lega) political party in the northeastern town of Treviso. 

One exploded on August 12th and another did not detonate, according to reports in Italian media. The second bomb was safely removed on August 16th by security forces. 

“They are trying to stop us, but violence and delinquents don't scare us,” tweeted Matteo Salvini – The League's leader and Italy's interior minister – in response to the attack.

“The bar of tension in the political confrontation has been raised substantially,” said Treviso's the League mayor, Mario Conte, in an interview with local daily La Tribuna di Treviso. 

The incident is being treated as a terrorist act by the regional public prosecuting authorities. “It is terrorism and the documents have arrived without hesitation at the public prosecutor's office in Venice,” said Michele Dalla Costa, the public prosecutor in Treviso, as reported by Italian news agency ANSA. 

An Italian anarchist organisation has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Corriere Della Sera. 

The president of the Veneto region, Luca Zaia, called the incident a “very serious act,” and “hopefully not the first of a possible disturbing spiral.”

The second explosive device that did not go off was reportedly filled with nails and was tied to a nylon wire on the ground which would have detonated it upon contact, according to a report in ANSA. 

 

 

 

 

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New York returns millions worth of stolen art to Italy

Prosecutors in New York on Tuesday returned dozens of antiquities stolen from Italy and valued at around $19 million, some of which were found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

New York returns millions worth of stolen art to Italy

“These 58 pieces represent thousands of years of rich history, yet traffickers throughout Italy utilized looters to steal these items and to line their own pockets,” said Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, noting that it was the third such repatriation in nine months.

“For far too long, they have sat in museums, homes, and galleries that had no rightful claim to their ownership,” he said at a ceremony attended by Italian diplomats and law enforcement officials.

The stolen items had been sold to Michael Steinhardt, one of the world’s leading collectors of ancient art, the DA’s office said, adding that he had been slapped with a “first-of-its-kind lifetime ban on acquiring antiquities.”

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Among the recovered treasures, which in some cases were sold to “unwitting collectors and museums,” were a marble head of the Greek goddess Athena from 200 B.C.E. and a drinking cup dating back to 470 B.C.E, officials said.

The pieces were stolen at the behest of four men who “all led highly lucrative criminal enterprises – often in competition with one another – where they would use local looters to raid archaeological sites throughout Italy, many of which were insufficiently guarded,” the DA’s office said.

One of them, Pasquale Camera, was “a regional crime boss who organized thefts from museums and churches as early as the 1960s. He then began purchasing stolen artifacts from local looters and sold them to antiquities dealers,” it added.

It said that this year alone, the DA’s office has “returned nearly 300 antiquities valued at over $66 million to 12 countries.”

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