Bomb outside Athens ministry defused

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Athens, Dec 12: Greek authorities have destroyed a time bomb placed overnight outside the Labor Ministry on a major thoroughfare in central Athens, after a warning telephone call was made to a newspaper, police said today.

No injuries or damage were reported. A bomb disposal crew carried out three controlled explosions at about 4:30 am (0230 GMT) today to destroy the device, which was found in a backpack placed in a plastic container at the building's entrance.

Bomb defused

Authorities were alerted following an anonymous call to a newspaper at about 1 am in which the caller said a bomb was to explode in 40 minutes. A bomb squad arrived and cordoned off the area, but the device did not detonate. Police said it was not immediately clear why the device did not explode.

Anti-terrorism police were leading the investigation and forensic experts were examining the remnants of the backpack and its contents. A number of small domestic extremist groups are active in Greece, usually carrying late-night attacks that rarely cause injuries.

PTI

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