Image: A security checkpoint outside the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican
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A security member checks a car in front of the main entrance of the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican on December 29, 2010 in Rome, after a suspect package was found and declared a false alarm.
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updated 12/29/2010 9:43:44 AM ET 2010-12-29T14:43:44

Police say a suspicious package reported by the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican was a false alarm.

Bomb squad officials rushed Wednesday to the embassy, overlooking Rome's Circus Maximus, amid heightened concern in the capital days after anarchists sent at least three mail bombs to various embassies in Rome.

Police officials at the scene say it was a false alarm.

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The embassy staff had not been evacuated from the building, Embassy spokesman J. Nathan Bland earlier told The Associated Press.

The report comes days after an Italian anarchist group claimed responsibility for two parcel bombs sent to the Swiss and Chilean embassies in Rome last week.

The two bombs exploded and injured the people who opened them.

A third parcel bomb was found at the Greek embassy on Monday.

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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