Foul play suspected in death of three firefighters in Italy

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Three firefighters are dead after an explosion at a building in the northern province of Alessandria that prosecutors suspect was caused deliberately.

Three other people, including a Carabiniere police officer, were injured.

The explosion took place at around 2am in a disused part of a farm building, sources said. “Everything makes su think that the explosion was intentional and caused deliberately,” said Alessandria Prosecutor Enrico Cieri.

“The evidence that we have gathered makes us think it was foul play” he added.

Rescuers, firefighters and police work at the site of two explosions at a building on a farm in Quargnento, Italy. EPA-EFE/DINO FERRETTI

Sources quoted by ANSA said that rudimentary primers and wires connected to gas cannisters that did not explode were found at the farm building where the blast took place.

A box that may be a timer was also found, according to the sources.

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