Two Italian police wounded in shooting near PMs office
Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 00:30
April 28 - Two police officers are shot outside the Italian prime minister's office while the new government is being sworn in. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Two police officers were shot and wounded outside the Italian prime minister's office on Sunday as Enrico Letta's new government was being sworn in around a kilometre away at the president's palace, police and witnesses said.
One man, described by witnesses as well dressed, was arrested at the scene of the shooting where a crowd was waiting for the new prime minister to arrive but it was initially unclear whether the attack was linked to the launch of the new government.
One of the officers was shot in the neck and was in a serious condition, a police official said. Another was hit in the leg and was less seriously hurt. Italian media said a passer-by had also been injured but not seriously.
Five or six shots were fired and police have found five spent shells from a small calibre weapon, another official said.
Letta, 46, the moderate deputy head of the Democratic Party (PD), on Saturday ended two months of political stalemate since February's inconclusive election when he brought together former political rivals in a broad coalition government.
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