Fire bomb attack on tax office


ROME – A fire bomb exploded outside the offices of Italian tax collection agency Equitalia in the northern city of Verona yesterday, police said.

Another device planted in the entrance to the tax office failed to explode, and was made safe by firemen after the first blast smashed the glass doors in the early hours, a police spokesman said. Nobody was hurt.

Equitalia offices have been the target of a series of threats and attacks this year.

The agency is widely associated with tax hikes imposed by the technocrat government of Mario Monti, who has cut spending and led a crackdown on fiscal evasion in a bid to cut public debt that has made Italy a focus of the euro zone crisis. – (Reuters)