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Unknown assailants attack iconic monuments in Rome

Police launched search after fragments broken off Fontaine du Maure were recovered at tourist hot spot

Unknown assailants attack iconic monuments in Rome
Photo taken on September 3, 2011 shows one of the four stone masks that adorn the Fontana del Moro (Fountain of the Moor) which was damaged during the night by unknown assailants (AFP/Getty Images)
Unknown assailants attack iconic monuments in Rome
The 'Fontana del Moro' is one of the most beautiful and most visited fountains in the Eternal City (AFP/Getty Images)
Unknown assailants attack iconic monuments in Rome
It was originally designed by Giocomo della Porta in 1575 with the dolphin and the four newts to which was added in 1653, the statue of the Moor (in the center) by sculptor Bernini (AFP/Getty Images)
Unknown assailants attack iconic monuments in Rome
A pigeon flies above one of the four stone masks that adorn the Fontana del Moro (AFP/Getty Images)
Unknown assailants attack iconic monuments in Rome
Three historic monuments were attacked by vandals in the Italian capital (AFP/Getty Images)
Unknown assailants attack iconic monuments in Rome
A man was caught on security cameras chipping two pieces off a marble statue on a fountain in the Piazza Navona (AFP/Getty Images)
Unknown assailants attack iconic monuments in Rome
The fountain in the Piazza Navona is a 19th Century reproduction of a much earlier group of statues, according to BBC (AFP/Getty Images)