Rome bomb lacked detonator

2010-12-21 20:32

Rome - A suspected bomb was found in an empty underground train carriage in Rome on Tuesday, but police said it lacked a detonator and could not have exploded.

The device, described by one police source as rudimentary, was found by a driver preparing a train for service in a marshalling yard near the Rebibbia metro station at about 09:00 GMT, transport authority ATAC said.

It was in a box with cables, batteries and antennas, an ATAC spokesperson said.

"It didn't have a detonator, it couldn't explode," a spokesperson for the Carabinieri, Italy's paramilitary police force, told Reuters by telephone.

He said it contained a small quantity of explosive powder.

The device was discovered at a time of increased tension in Italy following anti-government protests last week that descended into some of the worst violence in Rome for years.