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Heightened police security in Rome after double shootout

One killed, three injured in separate incidents

Heightened police security in Rome after double shootout

Rome, March 1 - Police tightened security in Rome on Friday after two incidents involving shootings in different parts of the capital. Late Friday afternoon two people were injured in a shooting in the outlying Prenestina district in east Rome after a car carrying two people drew alongside their Smart and the passenger opened fire. The victims, both Romans aged 23, are receiving hospital treatment for shoulder and leg injuries while police are trying to identify the vehicle used by their aggressors. Earlier in the day a former member of the leftist Red Brigades terrorist group, Giorgio Frau, 56, was killed during a failed robbery assault on a security van near the Basilica of St Mary Major and the central Rome Termini train station. A security guard, 48-year-old Antonio Domenico Di Salvo from Caserta, suffered injuries to the arm and leg in the attack. Two accomplices fled the scene on foot but were later apprehended. One was Claudio Corradetti, 41, on special release from Sulmona prison in Abruzzo, where he is serving a 20-year sentence. The second was Massimo Nicoletti, 34, who also has a previous conviction. The authorities have brought forward the planned deployment of an additional 200 specialised police officers in Rome in response to the shootings. The reinforcements will be deployed over the next 24 hours in areas thought to be at greatest risk of violence.

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