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Bomb defused outside Northern League offices in Modena

Bitonci says threats won't deter political party from agenda

21 February, 14:22
Bomb defused outside Northern League offices in Modena (ANSA) - Modena, February 21 - Police were investigating Friday after a crude bomb was defused outside the offices of the regionalist Northern League political party in Modena.

The bomb, comprised of three sticks of explosives wired together, was defused by police experts after its discovery Thursday night and investigators are now looking for motives in the threat.

A similar bomb threat was reported last week in the centre of Modena, and the area was evacuated as police dealt with a suspicious black bag that was later found to contain packages of salt.

Massimo Bitonci, a League Senator, called Thursday night's threat "incredible violence" that could have killed many.

"It could have been a massacre," as the bomb was set before a meeting of the League members, he said.

The threat will not deter the league from its agenda of promoting Italy's northern area while challenging regulations imposed by the European Union as a condition of the country's membership in the EU, he said.

"No one will stop us: obviously someone fears us for our ideas and our battles against the euro and against immigration," he said.