Greece: Bomb explodes at industry federation, no one hurt

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Posted: Nov 24, 2015 5:15 AM
Greece: Bomb explodes at industry federation, no one hurt

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A time bomb exploded outside the building of the Federation of Greek Enterprises, near Parliament in central Athens, police said, causing damage but no injuries.

The nighttime blast occurred early Tuesday in a narrow street outside the federation offices, near Athens' main Syntagma Square and just 200 meters (yards) from Parliament. Police had cordoned off the area following warning telephone calls made in Greek to two Athens daily newspapers.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Militant anarchist and far-left groups have carried out bomb attacks in Greece for decades, frequently targeting banks and the offices of large companies. But the frequency of attacks has fallen in recent years, following the arrest and prosecution of militants from several domestic groups, some of whom are currently on trial.

Tuesday's blast smashed windows in several nearby buildings, including a hotel, private apartments, and the Embassy of Cyprus.

Police officers wearing coveralls gathered evidence from the scene for several hours as roads in the area remained closed.

The government and opposition parties condemned the attack.