An explosion in front of a high school in southern Italy has killed two students and injured several others. The blast happened in the town of Brindisi on the Adriatic coast.
Officials say the bomb went off as teenagers were
going into class. They think it may have been made up of several devices.
The blast came ahead of a major anti-mafia demonstration on Saturday in Brindisi, located about 500 kilometres from the Italian capital Rome.
Reports say at least one of the injured children is in a critical condition in hospital after suffering severe burns.
Neighbours say the explosion was strong enough to shatter the windows of the school building.
Recently Italy has stepped up security at key government buildings following attacks on tax offices in several cities.
Those incidents have been blamed on the government’s clampdown on tax evasion as part of austerity measures to cut Italy’s deficit.
Police say it’s too early to link the incidents.
Saturday’s blast also comes a day before run-off local elections across the country.