A blast that killed a policeman in a barracks on Wednesday was caused by explosives of the kind used by the Italian army, investigators said on Thursday.
“The device was probably made very recently – like the ones used by the Italian army in Iraq and Kosovo,” prosecutor Francesco Lazzaro told reporters.
“The explosive was the ultra-modern type,” Lazzaro stressed. This obviously ruled out an early hypothesis that a WWII bomb had for some reason been left lying in the barracks, the prosecutor said.
What remained to be established, Lazzaro said, “was how the device got into the barracks and why it was on the Carabinere’s desk.” Investigators in this city 60 km (40 miles) south of Rome have ruled out an attack by terrorists or members of the Neapolitan Mafia, the Camorra.
They are puzzled because no trace of a fuse or trigger has been found.
The blast impact suggested the explosives went off in the Carabiniere’s hands, investigators said.
The explosives were probably inside a metal container of some sort, they said.
Carabiniere Alberto Andrioli, 35, died instantly in Wednesday afternoon’s blast.
He left a wife and two children.