Explosion outside Athens court shatters windows, no injuries

There were no reports of injuries


Reuters December 22, 2017
A police officer searches for evidence after a bomb blast at a Court building in Athens, Greece, December 22, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

ATHENS: A makeshift bomb exploded outside a Greek court in Athens early on Friday shattering windows and damaging the facade of the building, police officials said.

Shots were also fired at a person guarding the Athens Appeal Court building, Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis told state TV. The Justice Ministry suspended the court's operation for one day.

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There were no reports of injuries. Two Greek media organisations received warning calls at 2:50 am (0050 GMT), before the explosion, one official said.

Police, who had cordoned off the area, later found a bag which contained the makeshift bomb outside the building. Police were also investigating footage from cameras nearby, another official said, and reports of two people leaving the scene in a van.

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Small-scale attacks on businesses, state buildings, police and politicians are frequent in Greece, which has a long history of political violence. Public anger remains high after seven years of belt-tightening in a crisis that has cut thousands of jobs and eroded living standards.

Protesters have repeatedly tried to block foreclosure auctions of home at courts, a key condition of Greece's international bailout. Electronic auctions started in November.

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