Monday 11 December 2017

Officials play down mafia role in bombing

People gather during a demonstration of solidarity in front of Rome's Pantheon for the victims of the explosive device that went off near the
People gather during a demonstration of solidarity in front of Rome's Pantheon for the victims of the explosive device that went off near the "Francesca Morvillo Falcone" high school in Brindisi, Italy, Saturday. Photo: AP

James Mackenzie

A bomb attack that killed a teenage girl and wounded 10 other people in the southern Italian town of Brindisi was probably done by an individual operating alone, a senior official said last night, playing down initial suspicions of mafia involvement.

Saturday's attack on the Francesca Morvillo Falcone school, a vocational training institute named after the wife of a famed anti-mafia judge, horrified Italy and sparked speculation it was the work of southern Italy's organised crime gangs. However, the Brindisi chief prosecutor in charge of the investigation said it now appeared unlikely that either the Sicilian Mafia or the local version, known as the United Sacred Crown, was behind the attack.

"The most probable hypothesis is that it was an isolated act," Marco Dinapoli said.

"It seems improbable, not entirely to be excluded, but improbable that it is connected with mafia networks," Mr Dinapoli added.

Irish Independent

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