German politicians could be targets of anarchists: report

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German police have warned that the country's politicians could be the target of Italian anarchist attacks, putting them on guard along with 30 businesses and banks, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported.

The Italian anarchist group FAI claimed responsibility for a letter bomb blast Friday that nearly blinded the director of Italy's tax collection agency, following a foiled attack on the head of Deutsche Bank on Wednesday.

The package to the German bank chief included a note signed by FAI -- Federazione Anarchica Informale (Informal Federation of Anarchy) -- referring to "three explosions against banks, bankers, ticks and bloodsuckers", police said.

Now the group may have in its sights "along with the banks and their managers political leaders," according to a letter sent to German businesses by regional police in Hesse, which includes the financial capital of Frankfurt. The newspaper had obtained a copy of the letter.

German police also indicated that there was a strong possibility that clandestine operators inspired by the FAI movement could commit similar acts, although it added there was at present "no concrete indication" of that happening.

© 2011 AFP

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