Athens, Greece (AP) - Greek police destroyed a letter bomb sent to the Justice Ministry on Wednesday and warned other government offices to watch out for more potentially booby-trapped packages, fearing a repetition of a spate of such bombings in November.
No injuries were caused by Wednesday's controlled detonation outside the ministry building near central
The booby-trapped package was delivered by courier and had been addressed to the minister's office, with the sender listed as an "independent initiative of lawyers," said police spokesman Athanasios Kokalakis. Staff at the ministry deemed the package suspicious and called the police.
The attempted attack was similar to a spate of letter bombs in November during which 14 letter bombs were sent mostly to embassies in the Greek capital.
One of the booby-trapped packages made it to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office in
"We have a similar package to those sent in November," Kokalakis said of Wednesday's bomb, adding that the letter was believed to have contained a small amount of explosives.
A militant anarchist group, Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire, has claimed responsibility for the November bombings, which caused no injuries. Nine suspected members of the group, mostly in their early 20s, went on trial in January over the attacks. Four others are being tried in absentia, and the process is expected to take several months.
The group has vowed to target the judicial system, threatening to blow up judges involved in the trial. It also has claimed responsibility for a powerful bomb that exploded outside an
In internet postings, Conspiracy called for solidarity from anarchist groups around the world _ sparking copycat parcel bomb attacks on embassies in
Last week, envelopes containing bullets were sent to the Greek Embassy in
Armed radical groups have been active in
But after several years of relative calm,
Other groups have been more deadly.
The Sect of Revolutionaries, which emerged in the wake of the riots, claimed responsibility for killing an anti-terrorism police officer in June 2009, and a journalist last July.