UPDATE 1-Suspect powder at Italy ministry sparks false alarm

Tue Dec 4, 2012 10:53am EST

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ROME Dec 4 (Reuters) - Seven people were taken to hospital for checks after a suspect package at Italy's labour ministry containing powder raised fears of possible anthrax contamination, but the parcel was found to be harmless.

A ministry spokesman confirmed it was a false alarm after officials inspected the package at the offices in central Rome.

Activists have carried out a number of violent protests during Italy's economic crisis, with tax collection agencies among the chief targets of mainly symbolic attacks with firecrackers or paint bombs.

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