Thursday 30 March 2017

Policeman injured in grenade attack on French embassy in Athens

Police search for evidence after an explosion outside the French embassy in Athens (AP)
Police search for evidence after an explosion outside the French embassy in Athens (AP)

A hand grenade attack on the French embassy in Athens has injured a policeman.

The officer, who was on guard, suffered minor injuries when unknown assailants threw a hand grenade outside the embassy, located opposite Parliament on a major avenue in the centre of the Greek capital, early on Thursday.

Police shut down the area to vehicles and pedestrians, while anti-terrorism forensics experts combed the scene for evidence.

Police said the attack was apparently carried out by two people on a motorbike, and a bike matching the description was later found in a central Athens neighbourhood and was being examined.

Greece has a history of domestic militants who periodically carry out bomb or shooting attacks against authorities, diplomatic locations or businesses.

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