A powerful bomb blast has rocked the Greek capital, gutting a government building in the latest show of violence ahead of critical national elections.
No injuries have been reported after the explosion, which was triggered by a makeshift firebomb.
But police in Athens said the early-morning blast caused extensive damage to the soaring building, housing the government’s Public Sector Reform Ministry.
There was no previous warning, police said. Nor has there been any claim of responsibility by a rash of extremist groups that have recently revived attacks on symbols of power and wealth after a long hiatus during Greece’s debt crisis.
The blast comes less than a week after a similar attack targeted the office of Costas Simitis, a former prime minister credited with bringing Greece into to Europe’s single currency fold in 2001.