ROME — After mail bombs exploded in the hands of employees at the Swiss and Chilean embassies in Rome, seriously wounding two people, Italian investigators suspected the attacks Thursday were the work of anarchists.
The attacks were similar to the two-day wave of mail bombs that targeted several embassies in Athens last month — including those of Chile and Switzerland. One of last month's booby-trapped packages, addressed to Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, was intercepted in Italy.
Late Thursday night, the Italian news agency ANSA reported that a claim by anarchists was found in a small box near one of the wounded employees, and was being examined by anti-terrorism police squad.
Anti-terrorism police at Rome police headquarters refused to comment on the claim, which ANSA said was made by a group called the Informal Anarchist Federation, or FAI.
"Long live FAI, long live anarchy," the claim reportedly said.