Expo terrorist threat 'hypothetical'

Milan mayor and prefect play down alarm

Mayor Giuliano Pisapia has poured cold water on recent reports that Expo 2015 is exposed to terrorist threats, such as for example on the Milan pages of authorititive daily La Repubblica this week. “These concerns are based on hypothtical elements and not on real evidence,” he said. “I know central government has promised reinforced [security], and I know this will be in place.” Conceding that attention must not slacken, Pisapia said he was in daily contact with those responsible for security, and was confident that the level of prevention and checks remains “extremely high.”

Milan prefect Francesco Paolo Tronca on Thursday also played down reports of a security risk linked to the presence of anarchists at a planned May Day demonstration in the Lombard capital to coincide with the opening of Expo 2015.

"There is absolutely no particular alarm concerning this matter," said Tronca. "The prefect and heads of police will keep very close watch and are working hard on all issues linked to the security of Expo," he added.

Agriculture minister Maurizio Martina, the cabinet member responsible for Expo, said the potential security risk at the fair was “not underestimated". "But I am absolutely confident that the security forces who have been working on the security plan for Expo for a long time have all the elements for reassurance," he said.

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