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Car bomb explodes outside Bank of Greece in Athens

Published time: April 10, 2014 07:27
Edited time: April 10, 2014 11:40
Forensic experts search for evidence on a street where a car bomb went off in Athens April 10, 2014.(Reuter / Alkis Konstantinidis)

Forensic experts search for evidence on a street where a car bomb went off in Athens April 10, 2014.(Reuter / Alkis Konstantinidis)

A car explosive has detonated outside a Bank of Greece building in central Athens. The blast smashed windows in shops, but left no injuries.

The explosion came as the country prepares to enter the international bond market for the first time in four years, since the debt crisis in 2010, and a day before German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to the Greek capital.

The warning about the car bomb came with an anonymous call 45 minutes before the blast. The caller said that the bomb contained 70kg of explosives, a police official told Reuters.

No one immediately claimed responsibility, but security forces believe it could be leftist or anarchist groups.

Makeshift bomb and arson attacks have hiked dramatically since Greece implemented unpopular austerity measures in exchange for multibillion euro bailouts by the EU and IMF four years ago.

Ahead of Chancellor Merkel’s visit, thousands of Greeks flooded the streets staging a nationwide strike in protest of austerity. Organizers of the strike say their anti-austerity message is aimed at Germany, which has been ratcheting up the pressure for more cuts in return for international loans to keep the Greek economy afloat.

The strikers maintain the cuts only impact on the poor and leave the political elite untouched.

In spite of claims from the German government that Merkel’s trip is “a normal visit,” the Greek authorities have left no stone unturned as far as security is concerned. Around 7,000 police have been drafted in from all over Greece to man the streets of Athens.

In addition, during Merkel’s six hours of scheduled negotiations with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, the government district of Athens will be out of bounds to protesters.

Forensic experts search for evidence on a street where a car bomb went off in Athens April 10, 2014. (Reuter / Alkis Konstantinidis)

Comments (10)

 

Fredy Sage 11.04.2014 03:51

Even in Europe bombs explode... Life becomes increasingly dangerous

 

Jeff Thomas 11.04.2014 03:09

i dont see how the EU banking mobsters and their stooge governments are are going stop the people from rising up against their monetary tyranny

 

revealsins2me 10.04.2014 21:23

there country is in ruins pillaged by the EU all the burden placed on there shoulders. and all we get is a few protest and a small bomb. Greece should be ashamed of themselves, they should have hanged the bankers by there necks by now.

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