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Italy: Rome explosion an 'act of protest' - Police spokesperson01:18

Italy: Rome explosion an 'act of protest' - Police spokesperson

Italy, Rome
May 12, 2017 at 12:08 GMT -00:00 · Published

Massimo Improta, Rome Police spokesperson (Italian): "No, nobody was there."

Massimo Improta, Rome Police spokesperson (Italian): "It was an act of protest which could have as goal the damage of cars parked in the parking lot. That is the reason why it happened in the parking lot."

A bomb planted and detonated in a parking lot in the Aventino district of Rome was an "act of protest," according to Police Spokesperson, Massimo Improta, who was speaking following the event, Friday.

"It was an act of protest which could have as goal the damage of cars parked in the parking lot. That is the reason why it happened in the parking lot," Improta told journalists. The spokesperson also confirmed that there were no injuries in the incident.

Earlier on Friday, explosions occurred reportedly outside a post office and close to a United Nations building. A car has reportedly been badly damaged though there are no reports of anyone injured.

Local media claims the explosive device was place between two cars in a car park, adding that two more devices have been found nearby.

An eye-witness, who works in a nearby cafe, said: "We heard two explosions, one small the other louder. Then we saw flames and black smoke."

Police and bomb squads have been immediately deployed to the scene and the area has been cordoned off.

Italy: Rome explosion an 'act of protest' - Police spokesperson01:18
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Massimo Improta, Rome Police spokesperson (Italian): "No, nobody was there."

Massimo Improta, Rome Police spokesperson (Italian): "It was an act of protest which could have as goal the damage of cars parked in the parking lot. That is the reason why it happened in the parking lot."

A bomb planted and detonated in a parking lot in the Aventino district of Rome was an "act of protest," according to Police Spokesperson, Massimo Improta, who was speaking following the event, Friday.

"It was an act of protest which could have as goal the damage of cars parked in the parking lot. That is the reason why it happened in the parking lot," Improta told journalists. The spokesperson also confirmed that there were no injuries in the incident.

Earlier on Friday, explosions occurred reportedly outside a post office and close to a United Nations building. A car has reportedly been badly damaged though there are no reports of anyone injured.

Local media claims the explosive device was place between two cars in a car park, adding that two more devices have been found nearby.

An eye-witness, who works in a nearby cafe, said: "We heard two explosions, one small the other louder. Then we saw flames and black smoke."

Police and bomb squads have been immediately deployed to the scene and the area has been cordoned off.

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