Bomb alert goes off near Olympic stadium in Rome: reports

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A bomb alarm went off near the Olympic stadium in Rome ahead of the Euro 2020 game between Italy and Switzerland, according to local reports.

A car bomb was found a few kilometers from the stadium in the Prati neighbourhood of Rome, which was then defused, according to news outlets II Fatto and Il Messaggero.

The incident was reported by a passer-by around 12 pm EST.

Italian police closed off streets about 2 kilometers from the Stadio Olimpico while they investigated, but few other details were provided.

According to Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi on Twitter and La Repubblica, a leading Italian daily, the car belongs to Marco Doria, president for the redevelopment of parks and historic villas in Rome.

Italian news agency LaPresse said the rudimentary device didn’t explode and that police started an investigation.

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