Incident Summary:

03/01/2020: A letter bomb addressed to a former University of Tor Vergata employee detonated at a mail sorting facility in Fiumicino, Lazio, Italy. At least one sorting facility employee was injured in the blast. This was one of three letter bombs addressed to different women in Rome across two days. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Anarchists.




Western Europe

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in Fiumicino neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity University of Tor Vergata
Specific Description Former University Employee
Nationality of Target Italy
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Letter Bomb
Weapon Details
A small wooden box containing gunpowder and mailed in a padded envelope was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This incident was one of 11 letter bomb attacks across Italy between March 1, 2020 and March 16, 2020.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anarchists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Italian anarchists probed over letter bomb in Rome," La Stampa, March 11, 2020.
"Italian paper views progress of 'letter bomb' probe," La Stampa, March 4, 2020.
"Probe into letter bombs (12).," ANSA - English Media Service, March 3, 2020.