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Italy: Envelope containing 'anthrax' mailed to Berlusconi paper

last update: May 27, 18:19

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Milan, 27 May (AKI) - An envelope containing suspected anthrax spores was mailed to the Milan offices of Il Giornale newspaper owned by ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's family, the daily said.

A secretary who opened the envelope was sent for tests for possible anthrax exposure at a local hospital, Il Giornale said on its website.

The whitish-grey powder inside the envelope was due to undergo laboratory analysis later on Monday, the paper said.

A letter sent with the powder contained death-threats against Berlusconi and Italy's president, Giorgio Napolitano, and was signed by the obscure 'People's Armed Defence Group', Il Giornale said.

A similar envelope also arrived on Monday at best-selling Italian daily Corriere della Sera in Milan.

Il Giornale is owned by Paolo Berlusconi, Silvio Berlusconi's brother.

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