A bottle exploded on a beach in northern Italy, injuring a man who picked it up, in what police said on Saturday was probably the latest attack by Italy’s “Unabomber.”
Police said the 28-year-old was walking along the seafront in Porto Santa Margherita, near Venice, when he found the bottle, apparently containing a sheet of paper, abandoned in rocks.
News agencies said he had lost his thumb and had two other fingers badly damaged when the bottle exploded.
“It’s probably Unabomber,” said a police source, referring to the shadowy figure, nicknamed after a serial U.S. bomber, who has been hunted by Italian investigators for more than a decade.
The attacker has since 1994 planted exploding eggs and booby-trapped tubes of tomato paste, bottles of blowing bubbles and church electric candles in northern cities.
Nobody has claimed responsibility for the string of attacks, in which more than 20 people have been injured. Police are convinced they are the work of a psychopath.
The last victims of the Italian Unabomber were three worshippers injured by the explosion of an electric candle in a church in the city of Treviso last year.
The original Unabomber was sentenced to life imprisonment in the United States in 1998. Theodore Kaczynski, a reclusive former mathematics professor, carried out a 17-year bombing campaign that killed three people and injured 23.