Two Italian police officers have been shot and wounded in Rome only a kilometre away from where the new government was being sworn in, reports Reuters.
One of the police officers was shot in the neck and is in a serious condition.
A "well dressed man" has been arrested at the scene.
It is not known if the shooting is connected with swearing in of the new government reports Channel 4.
Premier Enrico Letta, head of the Democratic Party (PD) has formed a coalition government after two months of political wrangling between the centre-left and the conservative bloc of ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi.
Giorgio Napolitano will be the new Italian president.
Ministers were stepping forward to take an oath of allegiance at the time of the shooting.
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