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Mail bomb defused at Greek prison

Last Updated: Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 21:26

Athens: Police on Thursday defused a mail bomb sent to a maximum security prison in Athens where alleged members of an armed anarchist group are on trial, authorities said.

The parcel was sent to the Governor of Korydallos prison in western Athens. Prison authorities determined that the package was suspicious after scanning it, police said in a statement.

The padded envelop had Italian postage stamps but no postmark, the statement said. As senders address it listed that of the four-nation military alliance, Eurofor, based in Florence, Italy.

Nine suspected members of the armed Greek anarchist group Revolutionary Nuclei of Fire are currently on trial at a court set up inside Korydallos prison, for their alleged role in bombings and other attacks. The group has claimed responsibility for a spate of parcel bombings last November, that targeted embassies and even reached the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In December, Italian anarchists sent letter bombs to three embassies in Rome in solidarity with jailed Greek militants.

Greece`s police Thursday urged state-run services and mail deliver companies to remain vigilant to more possible mail-bomb attacks.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 21:26

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