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Suspicious Packages Found at Greek, Venezuela Embassies in Rome

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Dec. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Suspicious packages were found at the Greek and Venezuelan embassies in Rome, four days after two people were injured when package bombs exploded at two other diplomatic missions in the Italian capital.

A spokesman for Italy’s Carabinieri police force said the content of the package found at the Greek embassy was explosive and a bomb squad is at the scene of the mission, which has been evacuated.

A Venezuela embassy employee who declined to be identified confirmed that the mission had received a suspicious parcel on Dec. 23 with no listed sender and police were now examining it.

Two package bombs exploded on Dec. 23 at the Swiss and Chilean embassies in Rome, injuring one employee at each mission, according to police and government officials. The attacks probably were carried out by anarchists, Deputy Interior Minister Alfredo Mantovano told Milan newspaper Il Giornale in an interview on Dec. 24.

There are several hundred anarchists in Italy, Mantovano told the daily.

Rome and other Italian cities have been the scene of violent student protests against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s legislation that will overhaul the country’s university system. Italy’s parliament passed the bill Dec. 24.

Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno said the incidents weren’t related to the recent violence in Rome and the police are pursuing international leads, according to remarks broadcast on SkyTG 24 on Dec. 24.

To contact the reporters on this story: Lorenzo Totaro in Rome at ltotaro@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Fraher at jfraher@bloomberg.net

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