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Two policemen shot as new Italian government sworn in

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A policemen is given medical attention after being shot in a square outside the Palace Chigi Premier's office in Rome, Italy, April 28.

ROME (Reuters) - Enrico Letta was sworn in as Italy's new prime minister on Sunday and immediately faced an emergency after an unemployed man shot two police officers outside his office.

The 49-year-old gunman, from the poor southern region of Calabria, told investigators he had planned to attack politicians but had found none within range.

One of the officers was shot in the neck, hitting his spinal cord, and he was in a serious condition, surgeons said. The other was shot in the leg.

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Police arrest 49-year-old Luigi Preiti after the shooting.

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Forensic police investigate the site of the shooting.