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Police officer loses hand and eye in Florence bomb blast


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Police officer loses hand and eye in Florence bomb blast

A police officer has been seriously injured while trying to defuse a bomb in the Italian city of Florence.

The device had been placed in front of a library run by an extreme right-wing association which has ties to a far-right group called Casa Pound.

The officer is said to have lost a hand and an eye in the blast.

Casa Pound first emerged in Rome in 2003. The movement now has several hundred members, who stage protests against the European Union and immigration.

Gianluca Iannone, the group’s leader, said it was the third attack against this bookshop whose “only sin is to be close to Casa Pound”.