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Italy steps up airport security as conflict in Libya escalates
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2011-03-21 10:32
Italian authorities said Sunday they further heightened security measures at Rome's Fiumicino airport and other major Italian airports in the wake of the recent attacks on Libya.

Italy, the closest European country to Libya -- both geographically and politically -- is part of the coalition of countries that have started intervening amid the conflict in that country.

Italian officials said earlier they were worried that the escalation of the conflict in North Africa could spark some kind of attack on Italian soil.

Officials said that airport security was heightened nationwide when the first political problems emerged in North Africa in January, and that they were further tightened Sunday.

According to the Ministry of Defense and the Agency for Immigration and Border Controls, security staff has been increased at major airports, with more random checks and increased attention paid to what officials believe are "high-risk" airlines, increased checks of passenger documents, and more attention to security checks of carry-on baggage.

This is not the first time security has been heightened at major Italian airports: similar steps were taken after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York as well as following subsequent extremist attacks in Madrid and London.

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