Package explodes at Swiss embassy in Rome

A package exploded at the Swiss embassy in Rome on Thursday, seriously injuring one man working in the mailroom, a spokeswoman said.

Package explodes at Swiss embassy in Rome

A package exploded at the Swiss embassy in Rome on Thursday, seriously injuring an employee who was opening it in the mailroom when it blew up in his hands, authorities said.

Bomb disposal experts searched the embassy offices, located in a prosperous part of Rome which houses many foreign embassies, but staff remained in the building following the incident, which occurred at around midday (1100 GMT).

"The ambassador is still on site, the embassy has not been evacuated," Maurizio Mezzavilla, a spokesman for the Carabinieri, Italy's paramilitary police told reporters.

Swiss Foreign Ministry spokesman Lars Knuchel said that so far no one had claimed responsibility for the act.

Police said the injured man had been taken to hospital in central Rome suffering serious wounds to his hands.

"The man is an employee of the embassy, he was injured while he was opening a package received in the mailroom which blew up in his hands," Mezzavilla told reporters.

The Swiss ambassador was due to hold a news conference at 1330 GMT.

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini condemned the incident.

"We express our full solidarity with the Swiss ambassador and with all the personnel of this diplomatic representation, which has been the target of a deplorable act of violence that deserves our strongest condemnation," he said in a statement.

The explosion, follows the discovery of a rudimentary device in an empty underground train in Rome on Tuesday. However, police said that device lacked a detonator and tests showed it contained no explosive.

Reuters

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