FAI anarchist bombs 'aimed to kill'
Investigators said Tuesday three bombs set by insurrectionists from the Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI) "aimed to kill" first responders. Seven suspects were arrested earlier today on charges of subversive association with intent to commit terrorist acts in connection with two devices set June 2, 2006, at a carabinieri police academy in the town of Fossano in Piedmont and a third bomb that went off March 5, 2007, in a pedestrian zone in Turin's Crocetta neighborhood.
The devices had been timed to go off at intervals in order to harm and kill as many first responders as possible, police said.
Five of the seven suspects were named as Anna Beniamino, 46, Marco Bisesti, 33, Danilo Emiliano Cremonese, 40, Alessandro Mercogliano, 43, and Valentina Spaziale, 39. The other two suspects are FAI anarchists Alfredo Cospito and Nicola Gai, who were sentenced in 2013 to 10 years, eight months and nine years, four months respectively for kneecapping Ansaldo Nucleare SpA nuclear power plant design company ex-CEO Roberto Adinolfi in May 2012.
Also as part of today's operation, the bomb squad and canine units searched 30 individuals and 29 homes across nine Italian regions from North to South - namely Abruzzo, Campania, Emilia Romagna, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardy, Piedmont, Sardinia and Umbria. Another eight suspects were placed under investigation.
FAI is accused of carrying out some 50 subversive attacks in 13 years of activity, with the stated aim of bringing about the "destruction of the State and capital" by targeting the structures of "domination". These included a 2003 package bomb sent to ex-premier Romano Prodi, an April 2013 letter bomb sent to La Stampa daily paper, and a device that exploded near a courthouse in the port city of Civitavecchia in January this year.