Greek govt official describes blast as attack

Gladys Abbott
May 26, 2017

An explosive device hidden in an envelope detonated inside the auto of former Greek central bank chief Lucas Papademos in central Athens on Thursday, injuring him and his driver, police said. He said that all three were in "stable condition, are conscious and are undergoing all the necessary medical tests". The two other men were said to have sustained superficial injuries but were kept in the hospital as a precautionary measure.

Some reports say two banking officials were also in the vehicle, but their condition is not known. Greek Police are telling media outlets that they believe the bomb was in a letter that was inside Papademos' vehicle. The explosion reportedly occurred after he opened a package. The rigged package to the International Monetary Fund exploded, injuring an employee, while the one sent to Germany was detected by scanners. An explosive device was tucked inside the envelope.

The counter-terrorism squad has launched a full-scale investigation to determine how the letter bomb reached Papademos passing security screenings. The former prime minister's auto was parked by the side of the road, in front of its escort vehicle. "I wish to condemn this heinous act".

The country's current prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, was informed of the incident while attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

Papademos, 69, was transferred to the capital's Evangelismos Hospital with wounds to his legs, arms and stomach.

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The government described the blast as a terrorist attack.

Mr Papademos has served as vice president of the European Central Bank.

A health ministry official said Papademos suffered injuries to his chest and abdomen after opening a package in his moving auto.

Papademos served as prime minister for six months in 2011-2012 and is a former deputy governor of the European Central Bank.

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