Policeman hurt in Spain bomb attack

A metal coffee-maker packed with explosives has exploded in the doorway of the Italian Culture Institute in the centre of Barcelona, slightly wounding a policeman.

    No one has claimed the blast in the centre of Barcelona

    Although no one claimed responsibility, police were

    examining recent explosions by anarchists using similar devices

    for clues, the top representative of the Madrid government in

    the Catalan region said on Tuesday.

    "In Barcelona, there have been some protests from support

    groups of prisoners of the same ideology in Italy," Joan Rangel

    told local radio.

    But police in the northeastern Spanish port city said they could

    not confirm anarchists were behind the blast and were keeping an open

    mind in their investigations.

    "The police were warned of a suspicious looking coffee-maker

    in the doorway of the Italian Institute in Barcelona ... when

    police were investigating the device, it exploded, injuring the

    policeman and killing a sniffer dog," a police spokesman in

    Madrid said.

    Spanish national radio said the policeman was hurt in the arm and w

    itnesses said an employee of a medical institute next door had alerted the police after seeing the coffee-maker with wires protruding from it placed in front of the Italian centre.

    Anarchists suspected

    Italian anarchists claimed responsibility earlier this year

    for a wave of letter bombs that exploded outside police stations

    in northern Italy.

    Italy has been plagued in recent years by a series of

    small-scale bomb attacks blamed on shadowy anarchist groups bent

    on undermining the country's government.

    Italian police carried out more than 100 raids in May and

    said they had uncovered a "vast and dangerous" anarchist network

    which had orchestrated the bombing campaign.

    Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu has compared the anarchist

    movement to Italy's Red Brigades, a 1970s Marxist guerrilla

    group that orchestrated bombings and kidnappings.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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