Par­cel bombs stoke fears

De­vices sent to Schaeu­ble, IMF’s Paris of­fices from Greece as ter­ror group reap­pears

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The Hel­lenic Po­lice was yes­ter­day co­or­di­nat­ing with ELTA, the Greek postal ser­vice, in a bid to en­sure that no fur­ther dangerous pack­ages leave the coun­try af­ter par­cel bombs were sent from Greece to Ger­man Fi­nance Min­is­ter Wolf­gang Schaeu­ble and the of­fices of the In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund in Paris.

The par­cel bomb that ar­rived at the IMF’s Paris of­fice det­o­nated, slightly in­jur­ing an em­ployee there, yes­ter­day.

That came a day af­ter a sim­i­lar bomb ar­rived at Schaeu­ble’s of­fice but was de­fused be­fore it could cause any in­juries or dam­age.

Early yes­ter­day, the guer­rilla group Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for send­ing the pack­age to Schaeu­ble. In a state­ment on an an­ar­chist web­site, the group said it “will con­tinue stronger.” “Noth­ing is over,” it said, adding that it would pro­vide more de­tails in a procla­ma­tion to be is­sued in due course.

Cit­i­zens’ Pro­tec­tion Min­is­ter Nikos Toskas con­firmed yes­ter­day evening that the bomb sent to the IMF’s Paris of­fices had been sent from Greece. How­ever, there had been no claim for the Paris bomb by late last night.

Toskas said French au­thor­i­ties told him the sender cited on the pack­age sent to the IMF’s of­fice was Vas­silis Kik­il­ias, the spokesman for con­ser­va­tive New Democ­racy and Toskas’s pre­de­ces­sor at the min­istry. Sim­i­larly, Ger­man au­thor­i­ties had told their Greek coun­ter­parts on Wed­nes­day that the par­cel sent to Schaeu­ble bore the name of another mem­ber of ND, Ado­nis Ge­or­giadis, as the sender.

Sources in­di­cated yes­ter­day that the bombs were sim­i­lar, both com­pris­ing gun pow­der.

ELTA was yes­ter­day ex­am­in­ing its se­cu­rity equip­ment at Athens In­ter­na­tional Air­port to de­ter­mine how the pack­ages slipped through.

The at­tacks pro­voked condemnation from the head of the IMF, one of Greece’s in­ter­na­tional cred­i­tors, and from the French gov­ern­ment. IMF chief Chris­tine La­garde de­nounced “this cow­ardly act of vi­o­lence” and reaf­firmed “the IMF’s re­solve to con­tinue our work in line with our man­date.” French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande said French au­thor­i­ties would trace the “per­sons re­spon­si­ble, and we will do it with tenac­ity, per­se­ver­ance and un­til the end,” adding, “I want to tell all those who work for this great in­sti­tu­tion that we are by their side.”

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