Bomb injures senior police officer in Italy rail protest

July 22, 2012 14:22

ROME - A senior Italian police officer was injured in clashes with demonstrators protesting against a planned high speed rail link between France and northern Italy, officials said on Sunday.

The head of a police special operations unit in Turin, Giuseppe Petronzi, was hurt by an improvised explosive device during the confrontation on Saturday evening in Val di Susa in the far north of Italy, when police fired teargas at supporters of "No-Tav," the anti high-speed rail movement.

The latest in a long run of clashes follows months of confrontations which have raised concern about a rise in violent demonstrations during the economic crisis.

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