- Title: ITALY: SMALL PACKAGE OF EXPLOSIVES BLOWS UP IN DOORWAY OF SPANISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL
- Date: 18th June 2003
- Summary: (U3) ROME, ITALY (JUNE 17, 2003) (REUTERS) SLV POLICE ACTIVITY NEXT TO SCHOOL LAS BROKEN WINDOWS AT SCHOOL SLV FIREMEN BRUSHING GLASS AWAY FROM BROKEN WINDOW; SLV DAMAGED CAR; SLV POLICE ON SCENE MV INVESTIGATION TEAM CHECKING SITE WHERE BOMB EXPLODED; LAS SPANISH FLAG FLYING FROM SCHOOL; SLV PEOPLE WATCHING INVESTIGATION (3 SHOTS) (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR, PILAR GARCIA, SAYING "This morning there was an explosion at 0430 in the morning it damaged the main gate of the building and broke all the windows of the facade. We don't know why anybody would do this." SLV INVESTIGATION TEAM WORKING AT EXPLOSION SITE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR, PILAR GARCIA SAYING "We never received any threat; not now and not even when the international situation was more tense, nothing. No verbal or written threat has ever been sent to this school." SLV POLICE INVESTIGATING; SCU BROKEN GLASS OUTSIDE SCHOOL (3 SHOTS)
- Embargoed: 3rd July 2003 13:00
- Location: ROME, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Topics: Crime,Education,General,Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA45IRI9XOKEYZ1M0VUV3G35ABF
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- Story Text: A small package of explosives has blown up in the doorway of a Spanish-language school in Rome, causing damage to the building and nearby cars but injuring no one.
The small package blew up in the doorway of the school in the early hours of Tuesday (June 17, 2003) morning.
The Cervantes school has pupils from nursery to high-school age. At the time of the blast none of the school's employees or its 330 pupils was there.
"This morning there was an explosion at around 0430 (0230GMT) in the morning, it damaged the main gate of the building and broke all the windows of the facade. We don't know why anybody would do this," said school administrator Pilar Garcia.
"We never received any threat, not now and not even when the international situation was more tense, nothing. No verbal or written threat has ever been sent to this school," Garcia said.
The package contained around 500 grams (1.1 lbs) of high-explosive powder stuffed into a small metal cylinder. The blast damaged a pair of steel doors, several marble steps and cracked the windows of nearby cars.
There was no initial indication of a link to organised crime or any militant group and police said it may well have been an act of vandalism. Similar small blasts have struck Italy in recent months but not in front of a school.
Police say they are continuing with their enquiries.
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