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Police investigate suspicious envelopes sent to Greece from India

Police investigate suspicious envelopes sent to Greece from India
A ribbon set by police secures the area around the University of Aegean on Lesbos island, Greece, January 10, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Mamakos   -   Copyright  STRINGER(Reuters)
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ATHENS (Reuters) – Envelopes mailed from India to a dozen Greek universities prompted an anti-terrorism investigation on Thursday after tests found an industrial irritant that triggered an allergic reaction in members of staff.

The envelopes were addressed to 12 university rectors across Greece, from its islands to the mainland and the capital Athens, and some had a printed note of “Islamist content” inside, written in English, a police official said, without elaborating.

The General Secretariat for Civil Protection said an irritant, used in the production of adhesives and printing ink, was likely deliberately added to the envelopes.

Police sources said the anti-terrorism unit of police was conducting an inquiry.

Seven people reported a respiratory reaction after coming into contact on Wednesday evening with an envelope addressed to the rector of the University of the Aegean on the island of Lesbos, authorities said.

Some letters were intercepted before reaching the intended recipients.

(Reporting by Michele Kambas; Editing by Karolina Tagaris and Alison Williams)

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