A parcel bomb addressed to German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has been linked to a series of other devices in Athens. The package was sent to her office in Berlin.
Germany’s Interior Minister, Thomas de Maziere, confirmed that it was built in the same way as the bomb which exploded at the Swiss embassy in Athens, earlier the same day. He said: “The investigators’ first assessement showed that it is an explosive device, which not only had a Greek sender, but was sent from Greece two days ago.”
As well as the five devices sent to foreign embassies in the Athens, another two packages have been intercepted at the city’s airport – bound for Europol and the European Court of Justice.
The bombs that did explode hit the Swiss and Russian embassy buildings. Greek police carried out controlled explosions on the ones sent to the Bulgarian and Chilean embassies.
Two men have appeared in court in connection with attempting to plant four bombs on Monday – one of which was addressed to the French President, Nicholas Sarkozy. Greek authorities suspect far-left domestic groups of planning the bombing campaign.