A 16-year-old girl, Melissa Bassi, was killed by a bomb outside of her school in Brindisi, Italy on Saturday morning. Ten others were injured.
Image via the Gulf Times
At approximately 7:45am, the bomb, consisting of three containers of fuel, exploded on a low wall in front of the school entrance as children were arriving for Saturday morning classes. The all-girl school is named after anti-Mafia judge Francesca Morvillo, the wife of prosecutor Giovanni Falcone who was killed along with her husband by a Mafia bomb in Sicily 20 years ago. The anniversary of their death is just a few days from now, on May 23rd.
An employee in an office building next door was opening a window when the bomb went off. “I saw kids on the ground. All blackened. Their books on fire. It was terrifying.”
Though initially the Mayor of Brindisi, Mimmo Consales, stated that he believed the Mafia were responsible for the bombing, officials now say that due to the target and the fact that the bomb was made of fuel and not dynamite, they do not suspect the Mafia was involved.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
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