Foggia, 9 bombs in 8 days: racketeering rages. Maxi police operation

Hairdressing shop gutted by a bomb in San Severo on 11 January (Ansa)

Foggia, 15 January 2022 – Maxi anti-racket operation a Foggia e Saint Severus. Hundreds of police officers, carabinieri and soldiers of the Guardia di Finanza are engaged in sweeping searches for weapons, drugs and any fugitives. It is the state’s response to the barrage of attacks (nine in eight days) that hit the province at the beginning of 2022: bombs against commercial activities that are the expression of extortion.

Warnings and retaliation to those who do not pay the protection money. The Aphrodite perfumery and the Romano Opel car shop in San Severo in the night between 3 and 4 January ended up in the crosshairs of crime, a flower shop and a funeral home the next day in Foggia. On 7 January a bomb exploded in front of the home of a convict in Vieste, two days later it was the turn of the Poseidon restaurant, also in the capital, ppi a hairdresser in San Severo.

After a few months of apparent silence, the underworld in the north of Puglia returns to the open. The province of Barletta-Andria-Trani was not unharmed: right here on New Year’s Eve a paper bomb exploded in front of the research center of Farmalabor, the pharmaceutical company of Sergio Fontana, the president of Confindustria Puglia.

The state tries to make itself heard today with the operation tonight. A ‘muscular’ test in which the offices and special departments of the three police forces also took part (Central Operations Service, Ros, Scico, Gico Bari, Crime Prevention Department, Carabinieri Cacciatori di Puglia, Green Baschi, 11th Carabinieri Puglia Regiment, dog lovers, helicopter pilots). Enclosed entire blocks of buildings, sieved massively. “The objective of the massive operation – reads a joint note from the police forces -, as well as reiterating the strong presence of the state in the area, is therefore to restore full confidence to the honest and respectable citizens of Foggia and its province” .

Today in Foggia there is the Undersecretary of Justice Anna Macina: she will meet the prosecutor Ludovico Vaccaro together with a delegation of M5S parliamentarians. “The presence of the state is perceptible – says Mancina – Investments have also been made in the Citadel of Justice – added the undersecretary – there are 70 million euros allocated in the budget law of 2018; there is the establishment of the Dia and c ‘it is also the arrival of 50 men that Minister Lamorgese has announced “.

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