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Letter bomb sent to French embassy in Rome

Rome: A probe has been launched to investigate a letter bomb sent to the French embassy in the Italian capital of Rome, a media report said on Thursday.

According to sources, the letter was delivered to the French embassy at Palazzo Farnese, the heart of Rome’s historical centre, on Wednesday afternoon, The Local news portal reported.

It was opened by an employee who was sorting the embassy’s mail. When she opened it the envelope burst into flames, state-run daily Il Messaggero reported.

“I saw the flame and I immediately thought it was a bomb,” the employee told the daily, adding “I threw the envelope and ran away. I was lucky the sparks didn’t hurt my eyes or hands.”

The alarm was raised and the whole building was then evacuated.

There was no message inside the envelope, the sources added.

Embassy staff have been ordered not to touch any more letters in case there are more letter bombs.