Gas canister explodes at office of conservative Greek politician

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Posted: Jan 15, 2015 3:44 AM

ATHENS (Reuters) - A gas canister exploded at the office of a conservative politician in Athens early on Thursday, causing minor damage and no injuries, 10 days before a key general election in Greece.

Police said one of three gas canisters went off, damaging the office entrance of Adonis Georgiadis, a former parliamentary spokesman of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras's New Democracy party. Georgiadis announced the attack on Twitter.

Small bomb and arson attacks are frequent in Greece but have increased since 2010, when Greece adopted unpopular austerity measures in exchange for a 240 billion-euro bailout by the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

Polls show the radical leftist Syriza party holding a steady lead over the conservatives before Jan. 25 elections.

(Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou; Writing by Renee Maltezou; Editing by Larry King)