Former Greek prime min­is­ter hurt by let­ter bomb

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ATHENS, Greece — Former Greek Prime Min­is­ter Lu­cas Pa­pade­mos was in­jured af­ter a let­ter bomb ex­ploded in­side his car in a cen­tral Athens on Thurs­day in an at­tack that also left two Bank of Greece em­ploy­ees wounded. Au­thor­i­ties said all three were con­scious and hos­pi­tal­ized in sta­ble con­di­tion. “I un­equiv­o­cally con­demn the at­tack against Lu­cas Pa­pade­mos,” Greek Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras tweeted from his of­fi­cial ac­count

Po­lice were on alert to de­ter­mine whether any other par­cel bombs might have been sent out, and were check­ing postal and courier ser­vices. There was no im­me­di­ate claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack, but Greek politi­cians have been tar­geted in the past by mil­i­tant far-left and an­ar­chist groups.

A state­ment from the Greek Health Min­istry said Pa­pade­mos, 69, was be­ing treated for wounds in his right thigh and up­per body. He served as prime min­is­ter for six months in 2011-2012 and is also a former deputy gover­nor of the Euro­pean Cen­tral Bank.

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