Tuesday, November 2, 2010
ATHENS (Reuters) – Bombs exploded at the Swiss and Russian embassies in Athens on Tuesday and police found suspect packages at two other embassies in a wave of parcel bomb attacks in the Greek capital.
Police linked the attacks to Greek leftist guerrillas. Small bomb and gas canister attacks have been frequent in Greece since 2008 when the police killing of a teenager sparked the country’s worst riots in decades.
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“A package was handed in at the entrance of the Swiss embassy in Athens today. Checks by our local employees revealed traces of metal,” said Swiss Foreign Ministry spokesman Georg Farago. “When the external packaging was removed, the contents burst into flames,” he said, adding that there were no injuries.
Tuesday’s parcel bombs included one outside parliament, addressed to the Chilean embassy. Bombs were also found at the Chilean and Bulgarian embassies and one was intercepted at the offices of a courier company addressed to the German embassy.
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