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Milan - News reports say thieves attempting to rob a jewellery store in Venice's famous St Mark's Square set off panic among tourists when they ignited smoke bombs to cover their movements.

The news agency ANSA says one smoke bomb was set off on Friday near St Mark's Basilica bell tower, and another in the middle of the famed colonnaded square. Panic ensued, the news agency reported, as tourists and merchants suspected either a fire or a possible extremist attack.

The Gazzettino daily reported that a tourist seated at an outdoor café table saw one person set off a smoke bomb and two others trying to enter a jewellery store and alerted police. The would-be robbers disappeared into the crowd.

Italian police were not immediately available to confirm the reports.

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