World: The Blood-Hungry Red Brigades

Their symbol is a five-pointed star, its two lower points exaggerated as in a child's awkward drawing. Below are the words Brigate Rosse (Red Brigades). This shadowy underground organization, with an estimated hard-core membership of no more than a few hundred, has become the deadliest and the most dreaded of Italy's far-left extremist groups. Since the Moro kidnaping last week, the Red Brigades have also become the most hunted.

According to police, 148 brigatisti are already in jail, and warrants are out for an additional 25. Of the detainees, 39 have been convicted...

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