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Announce Seven Arrests In Christmas Train Bombing

January 12, 1986

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) _ Officials on Sunday announced the arrests of seven suspected gangsters on charges of mass murder in a 1984 train bombing that killed 15 people and injured 180.

Deputy Prosecutor Piero Luigi Vigna told a news conference the seven men, all Italians, have been under house arrest on other charges since August.

He said four are believed members of the Sicilian Mafia, and three members of the Naples-based Camorra crime gang.

Vigna would say nothing about a possible motive. He said all were charged with massacre with terrorist aims.

The train blast was set off Dec. 23, 1984, as Rapido 904 was passing through a tunnel between Florence and Bologna. Many passengers were from Naples, where the Milan-bound train originated.

The explosion was followed by a spate of responsibility claims and denials in the names of right-wing and left-wing Italian terrorist groups and from foreign terrorist gangs.

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