Small bomb explodes outside former Greek PM's office

April 3, 2012 23:41


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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.

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