Package at US Vatican embassy causes false alarm

Italian firefighters and a policeman leave the Swiss embassy in Rome, 23 December
Image caption There has been tension in Rome following the embassy bombs last week

A suspicious package which prompted an alert at the US embassy in the Vatican has been found to contain stationery.

Italian bomb squad officials were sent to the Holy See but the embassy was not evacuated.

There has been heightened concern in Rome after two parcel bomb blasts at the Chilean and Swiss embassies in Rome on Thursday left two people hurt.

There have been a number of false alarms as embassy staff checked mail from the Christmas period.

An Italian anarchist group, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), said it was responsible for the bombs.

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

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