Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

Can Chancellor Merkel's winning streak last?

Read more

FOCUS

Hunger in a fertile land...

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Central African Republic: Brazzaville peace talks suspended

Read more

ENCORE!

High-tech acting king Andy Serkis on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Read more

REPORTERS

Hong Kong in rebellion against the 'motherland'

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Dalia Grybauskaite, President of the Republic of Lithuania

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Gaza: children caught up in the conflict

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Was the UN chief’s speech in Tel Aviv really a 'shameful message'?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

France concerned about anti-Semitism

Read more

  • Live: Pro-Palestinian protest staged in Paris under tight security

    Read more

  • UN human rights chief blasts Israel-Gaza ‘war crimes’

    Read more

  • Bomb attacks leave scores dead in north Nigeria

    Read more

  • Gaza protests: ‘France imported the Mideast conflict a long time ago’

    Read more

  • Poland’s Rafal Majka wins 17th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • Remains of Flight MH17 victims arrive in the Netherlands

    Read more

  • Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down over rebel-held territory

    Read more

  • TransAsia Airways Taiwan crash leaves dozens dead

    Read more

  • Video: Fear, death and mourning in Gaza’s Khan Younis

    Read more

  • Young riders raise French hopes for Tour de France

    Read more

  • Defying UK, France to proceed with warships sale to Russia

    Read more

  • US courts issue conflicting reports on Obamacare

    Read more

  • Video: Lebanon fears fallout from regional turmoil

    Read more

  • Widodo wins Indonesian presidential election

    Read more

Europe

Italian gunman ‘targeted politicians’

© AFP

Video by Kyle G. Brown

Text by Sam DAVIES

Latest update : 2013-04-28

An Italian prosecutor has said that a man who shot two policemen in front of the Italian prime minister’s office in Rome on Sunday intended to shoot politicians.

Politicians were the target of a man who shot two policemen outside the Italian prime minister’s office in Rome at around 11:30am on Sunday, an Italian prosecutor has said.

The assailant was arrested immediately and taken to hospital with bruises after he was tackled to the ground.

Rome Prosecutor Pierfilippo Laviani told reporters he had questioned the suspect who said he had``wanted to shoot politicians, but given that he couldn't reach any, he shot the Carabinieri'' police at the edge of Chigi Square.

FRANCE 24's Josephine McKenna reports from Rome, Italy

The shooter was identified by police as 49-year-old Luigi Preiti, an unemployed man from the southern region of Calabria.

One policeman was taken to Rome hospital with a neck injury.

A female passer-by was also injured in the incident, though it was unclear how.

The drama unfolded at the same time as Enrico Letta and his new cabinet were being sworn in at ceremony led by President Giorgio Napolitano at the president’s palace about one kilometres away.

The Cabinet members were kept inside until it was clear there was no immediate danger from the gunman.

New Interior Minister Angelo Alfano later described the shooting as an "isolated incident."

Sky TG24 TV quoted the assailant's brother as saying the alleged attacker had lost his job in a construction firm and was upset over marital problems.

Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno said the shooting could not be described as terrorism.

"It's not an act of terrorism but certainly the climate of the past few months has not helped," Alemanno told reporters.

Italy has experienced a climate of tensions since inconclusive elections in February left the nation in political deadlock.

Date created : 2013-04-28

  • ITALY

    Enrico Letta nominated as Italy's new prime minister

    Read more

COMMENT(S)