Parcel bomb found in Rome metro

2010-12-21 16:40

Rome - A parcel bomb primed to explode was found on Tuesday by transport workers in Rome's metro system and defused by security officers, a spokesperson for the city council told AFP.

"It was ready to explode," said Giampaolo Polizzaro.

"It seems it could have been activated by remote control because it had something that looked like an antenna," Polizzaro said.

Officials said the bomb was composed of gunpowder and metal tubes and was hidden inside a shoe box.

The bomb was found at Rebibbia - the last stop on the B-line on the outskirts of the Italian capital - after the last passengers had descended from the train coming from Rome city centre.

Security officers were called and isolated the area where the bomb was found but did not evacuate the station. The metro system continued functioning as normal during the operation to defuse the bomb.

Security measures have been stepped up in Rome following violent anti-government protests last week and ahead of expected rallies on Wednesday.

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