March 19, 2010 / 7:33 AM / 10 years ago

Bomb damages right wing-group's Athens office

A police investigator carries a piece of debris after a bomb explosion outside the offices of a far-right group in Athens March 19, 2010. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

ATHENS (Reuters) - A makeshift bomb damaged the office of a far-right group in central Athens early on Friday but no one was hurt, police said.

“A makeshift time-bomb exploded outside the office of Golden Dawn, there are no injuries,” a police official said.

Police said there was no claim of responsibility for the blast on the fifth floor of the building near the central Athens Omonia square.

There has been a series of gas canister and bomb attacks by leftist and anarchist groups in Greece since the fatal police shooting of a teenager sparked the country’s worst riots in decades in December 2008.

Police said there was a warning call to a newspaper about a suspect box placed outside the office of ultra nationalist group Golden Dawn.

“All these actions serve as negative arguments for our country,” government spokesman George Petalotis told Greek TV Sky.

Reporting by George Georgiopoulos

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