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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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 Italian police arrest mafia member after three women killed in Rome

Italian police on Saturday arrested a mafia member suspected of killing two alleged Chinese prostitutes and a Colombian sex worker in Rome, local media reported.

 Italian police arrest mafia member after three women killed in Rome

The bodies of the two Chinese women were discovered in a residential building in the upmarket Prati district on Thursday morning, while the body of the South American was found in an apartment in the same neighbourhood an hour later.

All three victims were stabbed, according to Italian media reports.

According to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, footage from surveillance cameras allowed police to identify 51-year-old Giandavide De Pau, who had been prosecuted in the past for drug trafficking and sexual assault.

The suspect is reportedly a member of a mafia clan headed by Michele Senese, who is currently serving a life sentence. De Pau is believed to have been one of Senese’s closest collaborators, acting as his personal driver and handyman.

In 2008 and 2011, the suspect had also spent time in a psychiatric hospital.

It is unknown whether the suspected killer was carrying out a mafia hit or acting alone, possibly under the influence of drugs, which were found at the home of some family members where he is believed to have sought refuge after the police manhunt got underway, Corriere della Sera reported.

Several newspapers had warned of a possible “serial killer” in the Italian capital.

The body of one of the Chinese victims was spotted by a neighbour where it lay, naked on a landing. The woman, believed to be in her 40s, had suffered head and stomach injuries, the newspaper said.

When police entered her apartment, they found the body of the second Chinese woman.

Nobody in the building appeared to have heard the murders take place, according to residents.

“Everybody knew there was a house of ill repute here, I’d see people arriving at 2:00 am, 3:00 am,” a woman who lived in the building told reporters.

The body of the Colombian, who was 65, was found by a friend, Corriere della Sera said.

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