07:46 GMT25 July 2021
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    ROME (Sputnik) - Two men suspected of bombing a job centre in the southern Italian town of Avellino during last year’s lockdown were detained in a pre-dawn raid, the gendarmerie said on Thursday.

    Ubaldo Pelosi, 51, and Carmine Bassetti, 48, are accused of a terrorism-related act aimed at subverting the democratic order of the state, the law enforcement agency said in a statement.

    The men are believed to have planted a bomb outside the Avellino job office that went off late on 20 May of last year to protest against the COVID-19-related restrictions imposed at that time, dealing significant damage to the building in the city centre. Investigators say that the two plotted more violent crimes.

    The suspects sent a letter to the police, in which they accused then-Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of undermining the constitutional order and abuse of power after he put the entire country into lockdown in a bid to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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