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Five explosions in foreign embassies and outside the parliament building

02 November 2010 / 21:11:40  GRReporter
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Controlled explosion of a parcel bomb which was found in the Bulgarian embassy in Athens was carried by bomb disposal experts from the Greek police that confirmed the presence of explosive device. Embassy staff informed the police that they found suspicious package in the building of the mission. The parcel addressed to the closed embassy complex in the neighbourhood of Paleo Psyhico was obtained at noon through courier. According to unofficial data from the Greek police, the name and contact details of the sender were written on the suspicious item. An official from the embassy had contacted him but the man denied to having sent the package. Then the diplomats asked the police to check the consignment. In Sofia, Foreign Ministry spokesman Vessela Cherneva confirmed that a Greek businessman, President of the Greek-Bulgarian Trade Association, is given as the sender of the consignment. However, he does not remember sending any such parcel, added Cherneva.

A similar package received and the Embassy of Switzerland in the district of Kolonaki, in the centre of Athens. The officer who received the parcel bomb threw it in the yard, where it exploded. A parcel with an explosive mechanism received the Embassy of the Russian Federation too. The officer who received the consignment found out that there was a bomb in it and disposed it by throwing it into the yard, where it exploded.

The sender of the fourth parcel sent to the Chilean Embassy was written to be the Office of the Greek Prime Minister. The courier brought the parcel back there. Later it was sent to police at the parliament where it was checked with the help of sniffer dogs and disposed in a controlled explosion subsequently. Blasted mechanism parcel was sent to the German Embassy, but returned later to the courier company, where experts disposed it.

The parcel that was sent to a magistrate investigating the activities of the extreme left group Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei proved safe as well as the three parcels found at the Embassy of Panama in Piraeus and the police station in the district of Pangkrati.

After the blasts barrage, Greek police are in a state of high alert. A mailing list containing addresses of many courier companies and others that might be of potential targets of attacks was found in the arrest of the two persons who are believed to be members of the extreme left group Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei. The police believe that the armed groups will focus on such attacks remotely because of the associations between them and because of operational weaknesses. Such operations are safer for them and imitate similar attacks in Italy and Spain since 2003. The police are searching the hiding place of the group where it believes important information would be found that would avoid a new wave of bombings. Photos of the two arrested were published for this purpose.

At the same time, police efforts are concentrated on the possibility the parcel bomb attacks to be associated with the parcel that killed the police officer Giorgos Vassilakis – aide to the then Minister for Citizen Protection Michalis Chrysohoidis – in the building of the ministry on June 15 this year, but also with the death of the journalist Sokratis Golias who was killed a month later by the Sect of the Revolutionaries. The anti-terrorist department is investigating the so-called ‘group from Psyhico’ the members of which are anarchists at top positions in the armed groups and have contacts with their supporters as well as the knowledge and ability to make new types of explosives.

Past cases of exploded bombs are being investigated as according to police the security cameras in the area have recorded the active participation of one of two arrested yesterday. In both cases, Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei took the responsibility for the attacks. 

Tags: Parcel terrorismExplosives in embassiesConspiracy of Fire NucleiCrime news
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