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Greek police explode bomb addressed to French embassy

Police in Athens have carried out a controlled explosion on a suspicious package addressed to the French embassy, BBC News reported. A police spokesman said it was an “explosive device”.


Fourteen packages have been sent to targets in Greece and across Europe in recent days. Greece has responded by halting deliveries of overseas mail. The latest package was blown up outside a courier company. Reports said it had been returned by the embassy.


Small devices exploded at the Swiss and Russian embassies on Tuesday and two men were arrested the previous day after a package ignited at a courier company, slightly injuring an employee. Among the targets of the earlier packages were French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. One was discovered at a post room at the Chancellery in Berlin. Another was found on a cargo plane addressed to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.


Meanwhile, the suspects in the letter-bomb campaign were remanded into custody Thursday after appearing for testimony before a prosecutor, the Citizens Protection Ministry said, according to CNN. The two men are accused of participating in a wave of attempted bombings that has forced the Greek government to suspend air postal deliveries outside of the country for 48 hours. They were arrested in Athens on Monday in possession of two parcel bombs, Glock pistols, a bulletproof vest, and a wig.


Panagiotis Argyrou, 22, and Gerasimos Tsakalos, 24 were also in possession of a delivery slip for another parcel containing an explosive device which had been delivered to a courier service and was addressed to the Embassy of the Netherlands in Greece, police said.

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