Italy increased security Thursday at 14,000 sites, and assigned bodyguards to protect 550 individuals after a nuclear energy company official was shot and letter bombs directed to the tax collection agency. Under the enhanced measures, Interior Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri deployed 20,000 law enforcement officers to protect individuals and sensitive sites. In addition, 4,200 military personnel already assigned throughout Italy will be redeployed according to new priorities.
“Based on a thorough analysis of the situation, Interior Cancellieri
has confirmed the need to maintain a high level of vigilance, strengthen
the security measures against sensitive targets and those exposed to
specific risks,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Authorities will also increase intelligence to “neutralize” the risk
of subversive actions “that can be nourished in moments of tension,” the
A group calling itself the Informal Anarchist Federation last week
claimed responsibility for the shooting of Ansaldo Nucleare CEO Roberto
Adinolfi, and pledged in a letter to the daily Corriere della Sera to
carry out further actions against Ansaldo’s parent company, the
Italian anarchists sent a letter bomb that exploded at the Rome
headquarters of the Equitalia tax collection agency last December,
injuring the directory. FAI also claimed responsibility for a series of
letter bombs sent to embassies in Rome in December 2010.
More recently, a letter bomb was intercepted at the same office this
month, and a Molotov cocktail exploded outside an Equitalia office in
Livorno. In addition, there have been numerous reports of letters with
suspicious powdery substances sent to Equitalia offices.