Tuesday, November 2, 2010

5 blasts in Athens

An unidentified personnel looks from the balcony of the Swiss Embassy after a bomb alert in Athens. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ATHENS - A BOMB exploded at the Swiss embassy in Athens on Tuesday and suspicious packages were detonated by police outside Parliament, the Bulgarian embassy, a courier company and the Russian embassy, officials said.

No injuries or damage were reported from Tuesday's five small explosions.

Police say they suspect that far-left domestic groups are responsible for the wave of attacks that began on Monday when four mail bombs failed to reach their targets - French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the embassies of Mexico, the Netherlands and Belgium.

The bombs were found Monday after one exploded at a delivery service in central Athens, lightly wounding a worker at the delivery company. Authorities have said the bombs were not particularly powerful, and no link was made with the recently discovered Yemen-based mail bomb plot.

Two Greek men were arrested on suspicion of plotting the attacks when they were spotted close to the scene of one of Monday's bombings.

Police said they were carrying handguns and bullets in waist pouches, and one wore body armor, a wig and a baseball cap. One of the two was wanted in connection with an investigation into a radical anarchist group known as Sect of Revolutionaries. -- AP, REUTERS

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