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Blasts damages courthouse in southern Italy
Associated Press
2010-01-03 09:06 PM
Prosecutors says a bomb blast has heavily damaged the entrance of a courthouse in southern Italy where investigators are probing a powerful organized crime syndicate.

National organized crime prosecutor Piero Grasso told Sky TG24 TV that investigators suspect the 'ndrangheta crime gang set off the homemade bomb in Reggio Calabria in a bid to intimidate prosecutors.

The blast before dawn Sunday blew out glass panels in the metal door but didn't cause any injuries.

Prosecutors said a surveillance camera showed two helmeted man on motorcycles left the device, consisting of a cooking gas canister and a fuse.

Investigators say the Calabrian-based 'ndrangheta syndicate does billions of dollars in business in international cocaine trafficking.

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