Athens – An explosive devices was deactivated by police outside the Chilean consulate in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, reports said Wednesday.
Police received a telephone call warning of the bomb by an unknown caller less than an hour before the mechanical device was set to go off.
Bomb experts were sent to disarm the device, which was in a bag outside the Chilean consulate while police officers evacuated the area.
Greece has been plagued by bombings and arson attacks on banks and multinational businesses since the police shooting of a teenager in December, which sparked the worst riots the country has seen in decades.
The violence has embarrassed Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis’ government, which has been criticized for its inability to protect citizens.
The government has vowed to crack down on the increasing violence and has sought advice from Britain’s Scotland Yard.