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More terrorism to be expected, Italy intelligence chief says

'Crisis being exploited' says AISI

23 May, 18:00
More terrorism to be expected, Italy intelligence chief says (ANSA) - Rome, May 23 - Italy's AISI intelligence agency chief told the House Wednesday that the country could expect more acts of terrorist violence. Speaking before the Constitutional Affairs Committee, Giorgio Piccirillo said that terrorists would gradually come to the surface following the kneecapping of nuclear executive Roberto Adinolfi earlier this month. People claiming to be part of the Informal Anarchists Federation (FAI) have taken responsibility for the shooting of the CEO of Ansaldo Nucleare, a subsidiary of Italian aerospace and defense giant Finmeccanica, which AISI says continues to be a prime target, along with the armed forces, banks and financial institutions, in Italy and in Greece, where the FAI has collaborators. The FAI's violent acts have led many to recall the extreme-left Red Brigades of the 1970s and 1980s who kidnapped then killed Italian Premier Aldo Moro. "They consider the crisis a good opportunity to relaunch the fight," said Piccirillo. Italy has recently undergone a rise in threats and extreme acts against the government and related institutions, with some linking the violence to austerity measures implemented since Italian Premier Mario Monti's caretaker government of technocrats replaced the Berlusconi administration in November during a peak in the euro crisis.

Tax offices have been targeted in a series of letter-bomb and Molotov-cocktail attacks, and a school bombing in Brindisi Sunday that killed a 16-year-old student and injured five others has generated speculation that extreme-left terrorists were to blame, however investigators have so far announced no strong leads. Monti has been threatened by self-proclaimed members of the FAI, however police have ruled the threat a likely hoax, something that Piccirillo says is to be expected in the current political and economic climate. "There's (going to be) emulation and an effort to insert oneself into a debate," said Piccirillo, adding that such acts should not be discounted. "They should be watched closely given that they raise the air of alarm".

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