Athens: Greek militant anarchist group claims responsibility for bomb blast in bookstore

Police in Greece say a central Athens bookstore selling survivalist literature has been targeted in a bomb attack, causing damage but no injuries.

AP October 13, 2016 15:56:00 IST
Athens: Greek militant anarchist group claims responsibility for bomb blast in bookstore

Greece: Police in Greece say a central Athens bookstore selling survivalist literature has been targeted in a bomb attack, causing damage but no injuries.

Athens Greek militant anarchist group claims responsibility for bomb blast in bookstore

The police outside the bookstore. AP

The blast occurred late Wednesday following warning telephone calls to a newspaper and news website, with the device exploding a few minutes earlier than the time given by the anonymous caller.

The explosion damaged the store as well as nearby parked cars and apartment block windows. It happened near a police station in a neighborhood where militant anarchist groups are active.

Bomb and arson attacks are relatively common in Greece, mostly targeting banks and politicians' offices, and rarely causing injury.

A Greek militant anarchist group claimed responsibility for the blast. The Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire nihilist group said Thursday the attack targeted a prosecutor living in the block of flats above the ground-floor bookshop.

In a posting on a left-wing website, the group accused prosecutor Georgia Tsatani of corruption and excessive severity in her handling of a case involving the wife of a convicted group member.

The group has claimed responsibility for a series of blasts, including a failed parcel bomb campaign that targeted European politicians in 2010.

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