Greek police investigate phone bomb warning in Athens

20:49, December 30, 2010      

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Greek authorities were investigating a bomb warning call to a local newspaper Thursday, just hours after a courthouse was damaged in a bombing possibly triggered by an area guerilla group, local media reported.

Police blocked off the area around an Athens tax office after the newspaper reported the threat but the call was likely a hoax.

Earlier Thursday, an explosion rocked a courthouse in central Athens, causing extensive damage but no injuries.

Two warning calls were made to the same newspaper and a television station before the bomb went off.

Greek national television NET reported that an eyewitness told police that he spotted two suspicious persons outside the courthouse shortly before the explosion.

There was still no claim of responsibility for the courthouse bombing but authorities suspect it may have been the work of a guerilla group that has launced other attacks in the past, local media reported.

Source: Xinhua
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