Ter­ror in­quiry sheds light on par­cel bombs

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A par­cel con­tain­ing ex­plo­sives that the guer­rilla group Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire sent to the of­fice of Ger­man Fi­nance Min­is­ter Wolf­gang Schaeu­ble was dis­patched to Ger­many on a com­mer­cial flight from Athens to Frank­furt, po­lice sources have re­vealed.

An ex­am­i­na­tion of the x-ray se­cu­rity equip­ment at Athens In­ter­na­tional Air­port mean­while re­vealed that the pack­age in ques­tion left Greece on Tues­day. Guards at the min­istry in Berlin in­ter­cepted it on Wed­nes­day.

An on­go­ing probe by the Greek Po­lice (ELAS) and Hel­lenic Post (ELTA), how­ever, had not shed any fur­ther light, by late last night, on the route of a sec­ond pack­age with ex­plo­sives that ar­rived at the Paris of­fices of the In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund on Thurs­day morn­ing and det­o­nated in the hands of an em­ployee, caus­ing mi­nor in­juries.

“All night, po­lice of­fi­cers were in­volved in an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, to­gether with ELTA and the com­pany which car­ries out the checks at the air­port to es­tab­lish what went wrong,” Cit­i­zens’ Pro­tec­tion Min­is­ter Nikos Toskas told Skai TV yes­ter­day.

In­for­ma­tion sent to ELAS by the Ger­man and French po­lice in­di­cate that the two de­vices were sim­i­lar, both com­pris­ing small amounts of gun­pow­der.

Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for send­ing the pack­age to Berlin but had not com­mented on the Paris blast by late last night.

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