In Italy, a senior magistrate was shot dead on Monday (24 June) in the centre of Rome.
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Background: In Italy, a senior magistrate was shot dead on Monday (24 June) in the centre of Rome. Maro Amato, an assistant public prosecutor was killed instantly as he waited for a bus a few hundred metres from his home. He was the second lawyer to be killed in Rome since March, and his death brings the number of terrorist killings in Italy this year to twenty-two.
SYNOPSIS: Eye witnesses said Mr. Amato was standing on the pavement near his home when two youths rode up on a motorcycle. One fired three pistol shots into Mr. Amado's neck, killing him instantly. Mr. Amato was involved in investigations into the neo-Fascist "Armed Revolutionary Nuclei" group--known as NAR, which has killed at least two other people this year. Last year in a bomb attack they damaged the Michelangelo facade of Rome's City Hall.
Monday's killing was the latest in a series of street attacks against public figures in Italian cities usually attributed by the authorities to left or right wing extremists. Mr. Amato had worked at the public prosecutor's office for two years. Although he specialised in inquiries into terrorism of the far right, responsibility for the shooting was claimed by the extreme left Red Brigades. However police said later they doubted the validity of the claim.