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Newsline: Bomb blast in central Athens damages Cypriot Embassy

A bomb exploded outside the offices of a Greek business federation in central Athens on Tuesday, badly damaging the nearby Cypriot Embassy but causing no injuries, police officials said. The blast, which police believe was carried out by domestic guerrilla groups, is the first such incident since leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras came to power in January. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The device, triggered by a timer and placed in a backpack near the entrance of the Hellenic Business Federation offices, went off around 3:30 a.m. (8:30 p.m. ET) in central Athens, close to parliament in Syntagma Square. An anonymous caller warned a newspaper some 30 minutes earlier, a police official said on condition of anonymity. The Cypriot Embassy, across the street from the business federation, bore the brunt of the damage. Police said they had no evidence to indicate the embassy was a target. “Our embassy absorbed the full impact of the blast. All the exterior windows were blown out and there is incalculable damage to the interior from the ground floor to the sixth floor,” Cypriot Ambassador to Athens Kyriakos Kenevezos told state news agency CNA.



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