Bomb hits Athens stock exchange

A powerful van bomb caused major damage on Wednesday to the Athens stock exchange and injured a woman in one of two attacks suspected to have been carried out by far-left militants.

The dawn bomb destroyed six cars and tore through windows on the side of the stock exchange building, but the Athex bourse opened for business after a hurried clean-up operation.

A second bomb hidden in a cooking pot exploded near a government building in the city of Salonika causing some damage but no injuries.

Phone warnings were made before both of the latest attacks in series that have targeted financial institutions and government buildings.

“The material damage is massive,” Athex chairperson Spyros Kapralos told reporters as the stock exchange opened.

“We know for the moment that there is damage to a number of staff workstations and desks, but the core operations are up and running,” a bourse spokesperson said.

One woman was slightly injured in the Athens attack even though police had managed to seal off the area.—AFP

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