Attackers Throw Explosive at Russian Consulate in Athens – The Moscow Times

Attackers Throw Explosive at Russian Consulate in Athens - The Moscow Times

Attackers on motorbike throw explosive at Russian consulate in Athens

Attackers on a motorcycle threw a hand grenade at the Russian consulate in Athens early on Friday, causing no injuries and slight damage, police said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the early morning attack on the consulate in the Athens suburb of Chalandri. Police had cordoned off the area.

The device exploded beneath a guard booth in the compound of the consulate but was thought to be low-density explosive.

“Our traditional and centuries-old ties of friendship and cooperation with Russia are not going to be affected by such unlawful and utterly condemnable acts,” it said in a statement.

Small-scale attacks on businesses, police, politicians and embassies are frequent in Greece, which has a long history of political violence.

A burnt-out motorcycle found shortly after the incident in the central Athens district of Exarchia was being examined as the possible getaway vehicle of the attackers.

“It would be very early to share further evidence. The anti-terrorism unit is now handling the case. We had similar attacks in the past, one particular attack was very similar,” the official said, referring to the attack on the French embassy.

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.

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