Italian Justice Minister Andrea Orlando received bullets and a threatening letter in Thursday’s mail, written in Arabic, a ministry spokeswoman said.
The letter and the two bullets for a Kalashnikov have been sent for analysis along with the envelope they arrived in, which was addressed to the minister and stenciled in English.
Italy ramped up security after Islamist terror attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 killed 130 people.
Neither Orlando nor the ministry had received threats of this kind in the past, the spokeswoman said.
Sending bullets by mail is a way that Italy’s organized crime groups have traditionally threatened their enemies.