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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 July, 2005, 12:26 GMT 13:26 UK
Policeman hurt in Barcelona blast
Crowd at entrance of Italian Cultural Institute in Barcelona after blast
A crowd gathered at the scene after the blast
A small blast at the Italian Cultural Institute in the Spanish city of Barcelona has lightly injured a policeman and killed a sniffer dog.

The blast happened as a bomb disposal team was examining a suspicious metal coffee pot which staff had spotted at the building's entrance on Tuesday.

The Italian foreign ministry described it as a home-made bomb.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the blast and Italy's consul in the city said no threats had been received.

The Associated Press reports that graffiti was daubed on a wall outside the cultural institute reading "freedom for Italian prisoners" along with a circle with the letter A - the symbol for anarchism.


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