Greece reinforces police forces outside parliament after terrorist attack

09:31, June 25, 2010      

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Police forces outside the Greek parliament building at the center of Athens were reinforced on Thursday evening, according to Greek media, following a terrorist attack inside the Greek Citizen Protection Ministry which killed a police officer.

A 52-year-old police lieutenant responsible for the safety of Greek Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrisohoidis was killed in a strong explosion that rocked the building of the ministry.

It was the first time terrorists have reached so close to the office of a minister responsible for public order. For the first time in Greek modern history terrorists placed a bomb outside the parliament building a few months ago. No injuries occurred during that attack.

Chrisohoidis himself confirmed on Thursday evening the fatality at the ministry expressing his deep sorrow for the loss of "a dear close associate for years."The victim was the person who received the bomb that was placed in a package which was sent to him as a gift. His office is next to Chrysohoidis'on the 7th floor of the ministry building.

Greek state television NET also reported one slightly injured from the blast that caused the collapse of walls and shattered windows.

"Greek society will not be terrorized. Cowards who are responsible will be brought before justice," added Chrisohoidis in the first comments to Greek media after the attack.

Counter terrorism experts, speaking anonymously to Greek media, suspect that the minister was the target of the attack. According to early unconfirmed information there was no warning telephone call before the explosion.

Police experts believe that local guerrilla groups which are responsible for a series of attacks over the past decades against political, police and financial targets in Greece are behind this new fatal blast.

Some counter terrorism experts said to MEGA that "Conspiracy of the Nuclei of Fire"could be behind the attack. The group has claimed responsibility for two attacks which caused two injuries this spring outside the main prison of Athens and the courthouse of northern city of Thessaloniki.

Other experts suspect that the attack could be organized by members of the group "Revolutionary Struggle" which has claimed responsibility for a major attack against the U.S embassy in Athens four years ago, among other attacks. This year Greek authorities have arrested a group of people accused of being key members of "Revolutionary Struggle."

Source: Xinhua


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