Chile Says Rome Bomb Cowardly Act of Terrorism

By Dialogo
December 28, 2010


The letter bomb that exploded at Chile’s embassy in Rome on Thursday, December 23rd, slightly injuring one staff member, was a “cowardly” act of terrorism, Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno said.

“We would like to express our rejection and strongest condemnation of these cowardly acts that only manage to harm innocent people,” he told a press conference.

“In Chile’s case, this was an act of terrorism,” Moreno said, referring to the multiple bomb scares in the Italian capital.

“The bomb was a letter addressed to a cultural association (and) the attack injured a Chilean, Cesar Mella, who works in administration,” the minister said.

Mella sustained serious injuries to both his hands, Moreno said, adding that the 33-year-old was being treated in hospital.

Santiago’s top diplomat said the letter bomb was claimed by a group calling itself the “Informal Anarchic Federation,” although it has not been confirmed by the Italian police in its investigations.

Moreno said the motivations for the attack remain unknown and that Chilean embassies around the world were ordered to take extra precautions.



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