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Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 15:48:20 -0800
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Subject: Terror group admits Italian assassination
Terror group admits Italian assassination
21st March 2002
An offshoot of Italy's Red Brigades terror group has claimed responsibility
for the assassination of a government adviser.
The group has also praised the September 11 attacks on the US.
The claim came a day after Interior Minister Claudio Scajola blamed the Red
Brigades for the murder of economist Marco Biagi, who was working on union
Biagi, a 52-year-old university professor, was the second economist working
on union reforms to be gunned down in three years.
The same group has now claimed responsibility for both killings. Scajola
said the same gun was used in both murders.
The claim came at the beginning of a 26-page document written in political
prose which was emailed to a news agency.
General Giampaolo Ganzer, head of the Carabinieri paramilitary police's
anti-terror unit, said the claim appeared to be genuine. The document
attempts to portray Biagi's murder as part of a larger fight against what
it calls "imperialism".
It praises the September 11 attacks, saying they show "how it is possible
to carry out highly destructive attacks in enemy territory, with
destabilising effects, without the use of technologically advanced weapons".
The document says that the US military response to the September 11 shows
the "need for the forging of alliances between anti-imperialistic forces
and revolutionary forces in the regions of Europe, the Mediterranean and
the Middle East".
The Red Brigades bloodied Italy with terrorist attacks in the 1970s and
'80s, but by the late 1980s it was virtually dormant.
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