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Italian Official Hurt by Letter Bomb a Day After German Attack

December 10, 2011

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Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) -- A tax-collection official was wounded by a letter-bomb in Rome a day after an Italian anarchist group said it targeted Deutsche Bank AG Chief Executive Officer Josef Ackerman with a similar device.

Marco Cuccagna, an official with Italian tax-collection agency Equitalia, was hurt in the attack today, according to an e-mailed statement in which Prime Minister Mario Monti expressed “solidarity” with the victim. Cuccanga suffered injuries to a hand and his face in the blast, news agency Ansa reported.

No one has claimed responsibility for today’s incident, though investigators are looking into possible links with the German case, Ansa newswire reported, citing sources close to the investigation.

The explosive device sent to Ackermann was claimed by FAI, an Italian anarchist group which has undertaken several attacks in recent years including a 2003 letter bomb to the European Central Bank, Frankfurt prosecutors and state police said in a joint statement yesterday. They also said before today’s attack that another two letter bombs may have been sent by the group.

Banks and other financial or government institutions have drawn anger from Wall Street to London, Frankfurt and Rome as demonstrators take to the streets to protest lender bailouts and austerity measures caused by the debt crisis. Monti recently announced 30 billion euros ($40 billion) in emergency measures aimed at reducing Italy’s debt which include higher taxes, an increase in the retirement age and a temporary halt to inflation indexation on some pensions.

Monti praised the work of Equitalia in today’s statement, saying it carries out “an essential function” without which “it wouldn’t be possible to offer services to citizens and their families.”

--Editors: Andrew Davis, Alan Crawford

To contact the reporters responsible for this story: Jeffrey Donovan at jdonovan26@bloomberg.net; Alessandra Migliaccio in Rome at amigliaccio@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Will Kennedy at wkennedy3@bloomberg.net


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