Bomb explodes outside Greek parliament

A warning telephone call to a newspaper preceded the explosion by 10 minutes and police evacuated the area.

Bomb explodes outside Greek parliament

An explosive device went off outside the Greek parliament in Athens on Saturday, but no one was injured and no damage was immediately reported, police said.

The explosive device, placed next to a garbage bin at the highly symbolic monument of the unknown soldier outside the parliament building, caused a loud blast that was heard kilometres away.

A warning telephone call to a newspaper preceded the explosion by 10 minutes and police evacuated the area.

The blast followed a bomb attack outside the headquarters of Greece's biggest insurer, National Insurance, on Dec. 27.

The government spokesman George Petalotis said, "fragments of the explosive device are being gathered and taken to the police lab for investigation," the official said.

"There are first reports of minor damage inside the parliament building, some broken glass. The blast was captured by the security cameras outside the building."

Police were also checking video footage from surveillance cameras at the site to determine whether they had taped the perpetrator placing the explosive device.

The "evzones", presidential guards at the monument of the unknown soldier, stayed put at their guardposts when the device went off, the police official said.

"I assure you those responsible will be arrested and brought to justice," Civil Protection Minister Michael Chrysochoidis told reporters.



Agencies

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