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Strong bomb blast outside Athens courthouse

Δημοσίευση 31 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 14:32 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Strong bomb blast outside Athens courthouse
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A bomb planted on a motorbike generated a powerful explosion outside the administrative first instance courthouse in central Athens. The blast was recorded at roughly 8:22 a.m. local time (06.22 GMT).

A bomb planted on a motorbike generated a powerful explosion outside the administrative first instance courthouse in central Athens. The blast was recorded at roughly 8:22 a.m. local time (06.22 GMT).

An unidentified caller to an Athens-area television station at 7:38 a.m. warned of an explosion in 40 minutes outside the specific building. Damages were reported to the modern glass-and-steel building's facade as well as to nearby parked cars.

Police said the explosives-rigged motorbike was parked on the median of the wide two-way street where the courthouse stands, Louizis Riancour St. -- near Panormou metro station in the Ambelokipi district.

A cloud of smoke was visible in the area. There were no reports of injuries and authorities managed to evacuate the building, while the immediate area has been blocked off.

In a later statement, police said the unidentified caller provided "precise" information regarding the pending attack, including the motorbike's licence plate number, the fact that explosives were placed inside a large delivery box attached to the top of seat and its exact location, outside a parking spot for motorcycles.

Additionally, two calls were made, one to the television station and another to an Athens daily.

The licence plate number reportedly matched a motorbike reported stolen the previous evening from the Athens district of Galatsi.

Police said the blast occurred two minutes after the end of the deadline given by the unidentified caller.

The incident generated a couple of "copycat" bomb threats to media outlets, including one threatening a blast outside an Athens area tax bureau. No further incidents were reported, however.