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Greek parcel bomb security holding

Greek parcel bomb security holding
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With international mail from Greece temporarily suspended, a police official has speculated that: “If there are more parcel bombs they must be abroad by now.” The stop order follows a wave of attacks on government and institutional targets within Europe, and the arrest of two suspects.

One Athenian interviewed in the street gave a view expressed by many, saying how the package scare showed Greece in a bad light, and that he felt it could be a conspiracy of some sort.

A woman passer-by said: “It’s very negative, especially with the country in such difficulty. We need to be united, and focus.”

Local elections in austerity-bound Greece are to be held this Sunday.

More than a dozen explosive packages have been found since Monday. Several were addressed to the Argentine, Chilean, Bulgarian and German embassies.

Police at Athens airport detonated two parcels on Tuesday evening. Two others had exploded at the Swiss and Russian embassies in Athens earlier. One addressed to Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi caught fire while being checked.

Police have arrested two Greeks, aged 22 and 24, found in possession of two bombs, including one addressed to French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

A bomb was intercepted at the office of German chancellor Angela Merkel. Others found were addressed to Europol and the European Court of Justice.

Prime Minister George Papandreou has threatened to call a snap parliamentary election if voters do not back his austerity policies in this weekend’s local polls.