Italian university evacuated after bomb alert

May 28, 2012 13:53

ROME - Police evacuated the southern Italian university of Bari on Monday after an anonymous caller said a bomb had been planted in the law department where a local politician was due to speak.

Bomb disposal experts and police are searching the university, a police spokesman said.

There are growing signs of social unrest and violence in Italy, which has been in recession since the middle of last year.

Recent weeks have seen a spate of highly publicized suicides of hard-pressed businessmen, firebomb attacks on tax collection agency Equitalia and the shooting of the head of engineering group Ansaldo Nucleare, claimed by an anarchist group.

On May 19, a bomb exploded outside a school in southern Italy, killing a 16-year-old girl and seriously injuring another five, and scarcely a day passes without a bomb scare being reported somewhere in the country.

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