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Newsline: Hand grenade blast outside French Embassy in Athens wounds 1

A hand grenade attack outside the French Embassy in central Athens slightly wounded a policeman, police said, days before outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama is due to visit the Greek capital. Authorities said the policeman, who had been on guard outside the embassy, was wounded when unknown assailants threw a hand grenade outside the embassy building, located opposite Parliament on a major avenue. Police shut down the area to vehicles and pedestrians for several hours while anti-terrorism forensics experts combed the scene for evidence. The government condemned the attack and described it as an act of terrorism, adding that the police would track down the culprits. Greece has a history of domestic militants who periodically carry out bomb or shooting attacks against authorities, diplomatic locations or businesses. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, and it was unclear why the French Embassy was targeted.



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