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Anarchists claim responsibility for Genoa arson attack

Possible links to Bologna Carabinieri precinct attack

Anarchists claim responsibility for Genoa arson attack

Genoa, November 28 - An anarchist website on Monday claimed responsibility for an arson attack against a car owned by Italian energy group ENI on the night between November 16 and 17 in the northwestern port city of Genoa. The online statement expressed "solidarity with the prisoners" of the so-called Scripta Manent police operation against the Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), in which seven activists were arrested. The seven suspects were arrested in September for allegedly planning and carrying out a string of attacks against police precincts and politicians, including ex-center-left premier Romano Prodi. The FAI has also carried out a string of attacks on European institutions, including parcel bombs that exploded at the Swiss and Chilean embassies in Rome in 2010, badly wounding the two people who opened them. In Genoa, two cash machines were also set on fire shortly before the arson attack on the ENI car. Investigators are looking into a possible connection with an attack on Saturday night against a Carabinieri police precinct in Bologna after several websites linked to anarchist groups over the past few days posted a statement urging activists to strike, targeting magistrates, police and journalists at home and at work. The umbrella group FAI was created in 2003 and has connections with anarchist groups abroad, including in Russia and South America. Members have been linked by investigators to some 50 attacks nationwide, including one targeting a senior executive of nuclear engineering group Ansaldo Nucleare, Roberto Adinoldi, who was shot in a leg in 2012 in Genoa.

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