A private journalism workshop in downtown Athens was targeted by arsonists in the early morning hours of Monday, as a powerful home-made incendiary device exploded, causing extensive damage.

The mechanism, comprising 27 small propane canisters as well as plastic bottles of alcohol and a can of gasoline, exploded shortly after 2:30 a.m. at the entrance of the five-storey building on the corners of Sina and Kaplani streets.

The explosion and ensuing fire caused extensive damage to the ground, first and second floors and broke all the windows in the five-storey building. The walls of the ground floor are also covered in soot from the fire.

The workshop belongs to George Hagios.