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Bomb at Italian institute in Spain

Device hidden in pot of coffee

A small bomb has exploded in Barcelona at an Italian government cultural institute, injuring a Spanish police officer and killing a police dog, an Italian Embassy spokeswoman in Madrid told CNN.

The explosion caused some property damage to the Italian Cultural Institute, a branch of the Italian Foreign Ministry that aims to promote the Italian language and culture abroad, the spokeswoman said.

No one on the institute's small staff was injured.

The bomb was in a coffee pot placed at the front door of the institute in central Barcelona.

An employee about to open the institute noticed it and alerted police, the spokeswoman said.

The police believe the bomb may have been the work of anarchists, Spain's most-listened to radio network, SER, reported.

The Catalan regional police confirmed to CNN partner station CNN+ that a police officer had been injured.

Spanish news reports said he was taken to hospital but was not considered to be in serious condition.

Spain's Interior Ministry had no immediate comment.

The Italian institute in Barcelona has not been the target of previous attacks, the embassy spokeswoman said.

- from CNN Madrid bureau chief Al Goodman

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