Gunmen bomb Greece anti-terrorism prosecutor's office

Suspected gunmen targeted the offices of Greece's top anti-terrorism prosecutor, a former FM and a Supreme Court judge in a wave of homemade bomb attacks.

Gunmen bomb Greece anti-terrorism prosecutor's office

Suspected gunmen targeted the offices of Greece's top anti-terrorism prosecutor, a former foreign minister and a Supreme Court judge in a wave of homemade bomb attacks on Thursday which caused only minor damage.

No-one claimed responsibility for the six attacks in Athens, which also struck a Communist newspaper, the home of a lawyer representing victims of the November 17 guerrilla group, and the office of the former minister's daughter, who is also a lawyer.

The small explosive devices, made of gas canisters, are commonly used by anarchist groups which have intensified their attacks since the Dec. 6 police killing of a teenager. The death sparked Greece's worst riots in decades.

Police said an elderly lady was slightly injured in Thursday's incidents when she jumped from a balcony in fright after a device exploded outside the office of the daughter of former Socialist foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos.

Concerns over left-wing violence in Greece have risen since December's riots, fuelled by public anger at the conservative government's economic reforms and a series of scandals.

A previously unknown group, Rebel Sect, claimed responsibility for a gun and grenade attack on an Athens police station last month and pledged to widen its campaign of violence to politicians, lawyers and journalists.

Another leftwing guerrilla group, Revolutionary Struggle, shot and seriously wounded a 21-year-old policeman in January in a revenge attack for the teenager's killing.

Revolutionary Struggle emerged as Greece's most violent urban guerrilla group about a year after the smashing of the November 17 armed group in 2002, responsible for killing some 23 people including a CIA officer and a British military attache.

Reuters

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