Suspect powder at Italy ministry sparks false alarm

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 04, 2012 10:54 AM

ROME (Reuters) - Seven people were taken to hospital for checks after a suspect package at Italy's labor ministry containing powder raised fears of possible anthrax contamination, but the parcel was found to be harmless.

A ministry spokesman confirmed it was a false alarm after officials inspected the package at the offices in central Rome.

Activists have carried out a number of violent protests during Italy's economic crisis, with tax collection agencies among the chief targets of mainly symbolic attacks with firecrackers or paint bombs.

(Reporting By Massimiliano Di Giorgio and Antonio Denti; Editing by Pravin Char)