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Latest update : 2010-11-02

Police destroyed two suspicious parcels at an airport in Athens Tuesday, believed to be linked to a parcel bomb plot targeting foreign embassies in the country and leaders across Europe.

AFP - Police in Athens on Tuesday destroyed two suspect parcels at the city's airport believed to be linked to a parcel bomb plot targeting foreign embassies, a police source said.

The parcels contained books carved out to hold explosives, the police said.

The recipients were the police organisation Europol in the Netherlands and the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, news reports said.

Earlier on Tuesday, similar parcel bombs exploded at the Russian and Swiss embassies in Athens without causing injury and another potentially hazardous package was intercepted at the German chancellery in Berlin.

Three more foreign embassies were targeted in Athens on Tuesday, a day after one similar package exploded inside a courier company and burned the hand of a female staffer.

Another package had been intended for French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Eleven parcels with makeshift explosives hidden inside books have been detected in Greece so far, most of them earmarked for foreign embassies.

Two armed men have been arrested in connection to the attempted attacks which police say was likely carried out by a Greek "anti-establishment" group.

Suspicion has fallen on a far-left group called Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei, a far-left group that appeared in 2008 and has carried out a wave of arson and minor bomb attacks on the offices and homes of politicians.

The incident comes ahead of local elections on Sunday and during a period of social malaise after deep austerity measures adopted by the Socialist government to battle an unprecedented debt crisis.
 

Date created : 2010-11-02

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