ATHENS, Greece – Greek police say a bomb disposal squad has been sent to the Russian consulate in Athens after cameras showed a suspicious object believed to be a hand grenade being thrown over the perimeter fence overnight.
Police said Friday morning that the consulate's cameras showed two people on a motorbike throwing a small object over the fence, reportedly causing minor damage. Authorities cordoned off the area around the consulate, located in a suburb north of the city center.
Grenade Blast Outside Russian Consulate In Greece: Police
Police said they were also examining whether a motorbike found partially burned in a central Athens neighbourhood was related to the incident.
Greece has a long history of small groups that periodically attack symbols of state authority, wealth or foreign diplomacy. They usually plant small explosive devices that do not cause injuries.
A grenade exploded early Friday outside the Russian consulate in Athens without hurting anyone, police said, an attack typical of domestic far-left groups.
The area in the Athens suburb of Halandri was rapidly cordoned off and bomb specialists were dispatched, a police source said.
The Greek foreign ministry “unequivocally” condemned the attack, which it said had caused some damage outside the building.
It added that Greek authorities “were taking all necessary steps to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.”
The move is typical of domestic far-left outfits, who regularly carry out acts of violence against diplomatic missions in Greece.
A similar attack occurred in 2016 when a grenade was thrown outside the French embassy, injuring a police guard.