Postmortem CT and autopsy findings in nine victims of terrorist attack

Antonio Oliva, Cesare Colosimo, Vincenzo Lorenzo Pascali, Laura Filograna, Vilma Pinchi, Roberto Floris, Guglielmo Manenti

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In a foreign country, a religious terrorist group raided a restaurant, using pipe bombs, sharp-edged weapons, and various types of firearms (handguns, submachine guns, and AK-47 assault rifles) loaded with normal and prohibited bullets to kill foreigner customers, some of whom were Italian tourists. Local pathologists performed forensic autopsies on the bodies, but we were asked to perform additional external examinations, postmortem computed tomography (PMCT) scans, and then a second round of complete autopsies on nine victims (5 females and 4 males). Four victims had slash wounds inflicted by sharp-edged weapons, mostly localized in the head and neck. All but two victims had gunshot wounds. Finally, three casualties had injuries caused by the explosion of improvised explosive devices. In all cases, PMCT was a reliable source of information and provided strategic guide during autopsies, helping identify and describe the injuries and thus reconstruct the events. Therefore, in these cases, we suggest integrating the autopsy findings with the postmortem radiological data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-618
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Legal Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Firearm injuries
  • IED
  • Terrorism
  • Slash wounds
  • PMCT


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