November 03, 2010 08:40
Greece is suspending all overseas shipments of mail and packages following a two-day wave of parcel bombs targeting embassies, European leaders and institutions.
Police say no mail will fly out of the country for the next two days while they check for the existence of more bombs. Parcel bombs exploded outside the Swiss and Russian embassies in Athens Tuesday, but caused little damage and no injuries.
Greek police carried out controlled explosions of suspicious packages sent to the Bulgarian, Chilean and German embassies. They detonated two additional parcel bombs found in the cargo area of Athens' international airport. Those were addressed to the Europol police agency in the Netherlands and the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
Meanwhile, German officials say a suspicious package sent to Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin was sent from Greece. Merkel's spokesman said the package was designed to harm people. Merkel was out of the country Tuesday, visiting Belgium.
Greek authorities say a bomb discovered in Athens Monday was in a letter addressed to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Greek police have arrested two suspects so far for the attempted bombings. Authorities believe far-left anarchists are responsible. They say they have found no connection to the Yemen-based mail bomb plot linked to al-Qaeda and targeting the United States.
Some information in this story was provided by AP and Reuters.
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