Rome, May 7 - Italy's interior ministry said on Tuesday that due to an increasingly critical economic climate, special attention needs to be paid to the nation's public order and security. In a statement following a meeting between Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Tuesday with Premier Enrico Letta and top security officials in Rome, the ministry said that given the "critical social situation at hand linked to the economic crisis, there is a need to increase the level of attention to public order". It was Alfano's first meeting with the nation's intelligence service officials, police chiefs and heads of security since being made Letta's interior minister April 28. An "in-depth analysis of the state of the country's security" was carried out during the meeting, the ministry said. A lone gunman shot and wounded two officers, one seriously, in front of the premier's palace while the new government headed by Letta was being sworn in less than a kilometer away at the presidential palace nine days ago.
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