Aldo Moro Is Kidnapped and Murdered by Italian Terrorists (Chronology of European History)
Article abstract: Aldo Moro is kidnapped and murdered by Italian terrorists, initiating the gradual disintegration of the Red Brigades, a left-wing terrorist group in Italy in the 1970’s.
Summary of Event
On March 16, 1978, former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro and his five-man security team, traveling in two cars, were en route to the Parliament Building in Rome, Italy, on a routine workday. At Moro’s request, the small caravan had made an apparently unscheduled stop at a church on Via Fani in a well-to-do residential neighborhood. Moments later, the lead car suddenly halted in an unsuccessful effort to avoid hitting the car ahead. Behind the lead car, Moro’s car stopped also. As gunshots sounded, bullets from unknown assailants struck bodyguards in both cars. All five men died as they attempted to protect Moro from the flying bullets. Bystanders observed a badly bruised and shaken Aldo Moro as he was quickly loaded into another car, never to be seen alive again. Fifty-five days later, on May 9, 1978, Moro’s bullet-riddled body was discovered in the trunk of a Renault parked on Via Caetani in Rome.
Born on September 23, 1916, into a well-educated, well-to-do family in Maglie, Lecce, Italy, Aldo Moro experienced a sheltered childhood and grew to be a rather handsome young man, with a studious and religious bent. After moving to Bari, Italy, with his family in 1934, Moro attended the University of...
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