Greece’s anti-terrorist brigade is investigating a parcel bomb attack at the interior ministry in Athens overnight.
The head of the Interior Minister’s security detail, who opened the booby-trapped package, was killed. The Prime Minister has labelled the bombing a “terrorist attack”.
“We say once more that we are not afraid and we are not terrorised,” the Greek Interior Minister Michalis Chrysohoidis said. “We will continue our struggle to keep our citizens, neighbourhoods and cities safe.”
As newspaper headlines demand an explanation, police are focussing their efforts on how the parcel bomb could have made it to the seventh floor.
A police spokesman has blamed the “negligence” of building security guards. One resident is concerned about the effect the bomb attacks will have on tourism.
“Anything that happens in the country has its consequences. Our main industry is tourism, so when things like this happen in combination with the crisis, tourism will be affected.”
The Interior Minister believes the bomb was meant for himself. On taking office, he vowed to crack down on militants. In 2002, he dismantled November 17, Greece’s most lethal guerilla group.