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Bomb Explodes Outside Athens Court, No Injuries Reported

ATHENS – A bomb exploded early Friday morning outside the Athens Appeal Court and damaged the facade of the building and shattered glass although no injuries were reported, the police said.

A Greek newspaper had received a warning call 40 minutes before the blast, where the caller had urged evacuation of the court building and its surroundings.

According to initial media reports, the bomb was hidden in a bag that was allegedly planted by two people who fled in a waiting car.

The building’s guard said that he tried to stop the two attackers but was fired upon by the car’s driver, forcing him to seek cover.

A large police contingent was deployed in the area immediately after the blast.

A police spokesperson said the anti-terrorism squad is investigating the explosion.

The police also came across a burnt van in the Exarchia district, hub of the Greek anarchist movement, which they suspect could be the vehicle used in the attack.

On April 20, a similar blast was carried out outside a branch of Eurobank in central Athens.

Greece has a long history of political violence and small-scale attacks like this are relatively common and have been claimed by the anarchists in the past.

 

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