Two bombs target Italy’s embassy cars in Greece, no injuries

One of the homemade explosive devices damages a car parked at the home of an embassy staff, the other does not go off.

The garage door of the home of an Italian senior diplomat in a suburb of Athens
The garage door of the home of an Italian senior diplomat in a suburb of Athens, Greece is closed following an attack that destroyed a car and damaged a second [Lefteris Pitarakis/AP]

Two explosive devices have targeted cars belonging to the Italian embassy in Greece, one of which went off causing no injuries, according to Greek police.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility and officers said they were investigating.

A homemade bomb exploded at about 4am (02:00 GMT) on Friday, damaging a vehicle parked at the home of an embassy officer in an Athens suburb, police said.

The other device, placed near a second diplomatic vehicle, did not go off.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni expressed “deep concern” at what she called an “attack … probably of anarchist origin”.

The far-right leader sent her “personal thoughts and those of the Italian government to the first counsellor of the Italian embassy in Athens, Susanna Schlein”.

Meloni added she was following the case “with the utmost attention” through Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani who was in Athens for talks on Friday.

The Greek foreign ministry “strongly condemned the attack” and said such “unacceptable” acts “would not disrupt … the excellent relations and ties of longstanding friendship between Greece and its partner and ally Italy”.

Crude, homemade devices, which cause damage but rarely injuries, are commonly used against political or diplomatic targets, banks or foreign companies in Greece.

Police often blame groups on the extreme left or anarchists.

Source: AFP