The police had to intervene near the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, after the discovery of a car bombed by an explosive device. The threat was neutralized and did not call into question the holding of the match. According to Italian media, a local politician was the target.
Not far from the Stadio Olimpico, this Wednesday a few hours before the kickoff of the Italy-Switzerland match at the Euro, the police intervened for a bomb threat. Italian media report that passers-by reported suspicious wires on a parked car in the Prati district, located a few kilometers south of the football stadium.
An explosive device ready to operate, and made with gunpowder, bolts and electric wires, was then discovered in the late afternoon. The threat was quickly neutralized by the demining services, without causing any casualties and without jeopardizing the course of the match.
A political leader targeted?
According to Il Mattino, the car belongs to Marco Doria, a local politician, in charge in particular of the development of green spaces in the Italian capital. He would already be under the protection of the authorities, because of threats received in the past. The first elements of the investigation therefore assume that this bomb threat is not linked to the Euro.
“It is a very serious fact. I express all my solidarity”, notably tweeted Virginia Raggi, the mayor of Rome.