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Policeman wounded in gun attack outside Greek socialist party office
January 10, 2017 / 7:56 AM / a year ago

Policeman wounded in gun attack outside Greek socialist party office

ATHENS (Reuters) - Attackers shot at riot police guarding the offices of Greece’s socialist Democratic Alliance party in central Athens early on Tuesday, slightly wounding one officer, Greek police said.

A forensics officer (C) takes notes next to a police bus after attackers shot at riot police guarding the offices of Greece's socialist Democratic Alliance party, in Athens, Greece, January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

There was no claim of responsibility, though hardline left-wing activists have attacked the offices before.

The policeman was hit as he sat in a truck outside and taken to hospital, an official from the force said. Three rifle shells were found at the spot.

Small-scale attacks on businesses, police, politicians and embassies are frequent in Greece, which has a long history of political violence and is struggling to emerge from a huge debt crisis which has sent thousands to unemployment and cut incomes.

An organisation calling itself the Revolutionary Self-defense Group said it attacked the party’s offices in 2014, as part of a move against “the state oligarchy, the dictatorship of the capital and its armed guards”.

Democratic Alliance condemned the shooting as a “murderous” attack on democracy.

Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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