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Greek police arrest man over ex-premier Lucas Papademos parcel-bomb attack

Greek police arrest man over ex-premier Lucas Papademos parcel-bomb attack”

Greek police said on October 28 they arrested a 29-year-old man they believe was involved in mailing parcel and letter bombs to targets including former Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos and former German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, Reuters reported.

An Athens police source quoted by Reuters said Saturday the suspect had been under surveillance after being spotted bringing parcels to the post on "five different occasions".

The other packages intercepted at an Athens postal sorting centre were addressed to EU political figures including the European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici.

The letter bombs all contained gunpowder.

After a search of his apartment in Athens, police found two 9-mm pistols; 300 bullets; a plastic container with a time bomb mechanism; two plastic containers with explosives; eight forged IDs and "large amounts" of detonators, wiring, fireworks and timers.

A magistrate issued a warrant to a man for bombs sent to "various recipients in European Union countries" in March and Papademos in May, according to the police statement.

Papademos also served as Bank of Greece governor from 1994 to 2002.

The unnamed suspect had previously been linked to the urban guerrilla group Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, which had claimed responsibility for a similar letter bomb sent to German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, also in March.

Ex-PM Papademos suffered minor injuries when he opened the explosive parcel in his auto.

One day latter, the device sent to the International Monetary Fund slightly injured an employee.



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