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Blast at Swiss embassy in Athens: police

Published on 02/11/2010

A small device exploded outside Switzerland's embassy Tuesday and Greek police carried out a controlled explosion of a package sent to the Bulgarian embassy, a day after the discovery of a parcel-bombing campaign in Athens.

The explosion happened when a Swiss embassy employee threw a suspect parcel into the embassy yard, a police source said. Nobody was hurt.

And a bomb disposal unit detonated another suspect package that had been mailed to the Bulgarian embassy in another location in Athens.

On Monday, several booby-trapped packages addressed to other embassies and French President Nicolas Sarkozy were defused, and police arrested two men suspected of links to a far-left group.

Another suspect parcel was protectively detonated by police on Tuesday outside the Greek parliament.

In Sofia, Bulgaria’s foreign ministry said the package had beeped for metal when run through a detector, while the officially inscribed sender denied sending it, raising suspicions that something was wrong.

“The actual sender of the package is yet unknown,” the ministry said.

On Monday one of the parcels intercepted was intended for Sarkozy. The package that detonated had been mailed to the Mexican embassy in Athens and ignited inside a courier company office.

Two other parcels were to have been sent to the Dutch and Belgian embassies.

Also Tuesday, a police patrol in the southern Athens suburb of Faliro came under fire but police said the incident could be crime-related.

Local elections are due to be held in Greece this weekend. The police have so far established no clear motive for the parcel bomb plot, or explained the choice of recipients.