Greek guerrilla group claims blast at minister’s office

ATHENS (Reuters) – A Greek guerrilla group claimed responsibility for the explosion of a makeshift bomb last week at the political office of the minister in charge of police, officials said on Wednesday.

The bomb, which went off outside the Athens office used ahead of the Oct. 4 elections by Citizen Protection Minister Mihalis Chrysohoidis, damaged the door and blew out windows without causing injuries.

“Popular Will sent a CD to a newspaper claiming the attack,” said a police official who declined to be named. “It blames the minister for considering extremists just common criminals.”

In 2009, the group claimed responsibility for a bomb explosion at the building of an agency managing state property, about 250 metres from the Athens central police headquarters.

Last week’s attack was the latest in a series of blasts that have rocked Greece since the police killing of a teenager in December 2008 sparked the country’s worst riots in decades.

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