Italy tax chief wounded in letter bomb blast

Equitalia`s director general Marco Cuccagna has been taken to hospital and fire brigade and police were investigating at the scene of the blast.

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2011, 21:40 PM IST

Rome: The head of Italy`s tax collection
agency Equitalia was wounded on Friday when a letter bomb sent to
his office in Rome detonated, prompting prosecutors to launch
an inquiry for terrorism.

Equitalia`s director general Marco Cuccagna has been
taken to hospital and fire brigade and police were
investigating at the scene of the blast.

"A letter bomb exploded. The director is injured to the
hand" after he opened the letter, a spokesman for Equitalia
said.

A police spokesman said Cuccagna was also injured in the
eye when he opened the letter, which arrived in the post.

Prime Minister Mario Monti issued a statement expressing
"solidarity," adding: "Equitalia has always carried out and is
continuing to carry out its duty in full respect of the law."

"It is essential for the functioning of the state,
without which it would be impossible to provide services to
citizens," he said.

Prosecutors have launched an inquiry for terrorism, ANSA
news agency reported.

An Italian far-left group yesterday claimed
responsibility for a letter bomb sent to the chief executive
of Deutsche Bank, Josef Ackermann.

State police said the group had referred to "three
explosions against banks, bankers, ticks and bloodsuckers."

PTI