Small bomb explodes outside former Greek PM's office

April 3, 2012 23:41

ATHENS - A small bomb exploded outside the office of a former Greek prime minister on Tuesday in an attack the government denounced as an attempt to destabilize the country ahead of an election.

Low-level attacks on politicians have been frequent in Greece, especially after the country adopted harsh austerity measures under the terms of two successive EU/IMF bailouts.

The device, consisting of at least five gas canisters, exploded on the doorstep of the office of former Socialist Prime Minister Costas Simitis, a police official said.

Simitis had ruled Greece from 1996 to 2004, leading the country's efforts to adopt the euro in 2002. His office was the target of a similar attack in January 2010.

"It caused just small material damage, nobody was hurt or in danger," the policeman added on condition of anonymity.

Related Content

Breaking news
March 22, 2018
China says must protect interests in face of U.S. trade actions


Israel Weather
  • 19 - 34
    Beer Sheva
    19 - 31
    Tel Aviv - Yafo
  • 20 - 29
    20 - 29
  • 25 - 35
    18 - 33