Italy police hold man who 'confessed' to school bombing

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Italy police hold man who 'confessed' to school bombing

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Italian police are holding a man who they say has confessed to a bombing outside a school which killed a teenage girl.

The 68-year-old suspect was taken into custody on Wednesday and is said to have admitted his guilt after hours of questioning.

The May 19 bombing happened in front of the Morvillo Falcone school in Brindisi, in the southern Italian region of Puglia.

Italy’s second biggest newspaper, Repubblica, is reporting the suspect told police he had not been targeting the school, but had a grievance against the tribunal – whose building is 200 metres away.

The attack may have been triggered by the suspect’s treatment as a victim in a fraud case.

Hundreds turned out for the funeral of 16-year-old Melissa Bassi, killed by the bomb made with a liquid gas cylinder.

There were five others seriously injured, including other girls.

Police initially thought the attack was carried out by a local mafia group or terrorists.