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Italy’s Intelligence Chief to Testify on Bombing, Bullet Threats

December 13, 2011

Dec. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Gianni De Gennaro, head of Italy’s secret service, will testify before a parliamentary committee on security to explain the response to a letter bombing in Rome and threats against top politicians, the deputy head of the committee said in an interview.

A letter bomb detonated and injured an official of Italy’s tax collection agency on Dec. 9, one day after an Italian anarchist group claimed an explosive device that was sent to Deutsche Bank AG Chief Executive Officer Josef Ackermann and intercepted before it exploded. Those attacks were followed yesterday by the discovery of two letters containing bullets that were mailed to Justice Minister Paola Severino and Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno.

“"I can say that those threats that have been reported by mass media are only a fraction of the letters sent,” Senator Giuseppe Esposito said in an interview in Rome today. “I received a similar letter myself.”

Esposito is the deputy head of Copasir, the parliamentary committee on intelligence and security services.

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