Pack­ages are sim­i­lar to mail bombs sent to IMF and Ger­man Fi­nance Min­istry

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PO­LICE said they found eight “sus­pect” parcels on Mon­day ad­dressed to global eco­nomic institutions af­ter a do­mes­tic mil­i­tant group sent mail bombs to the In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund (IMF) and Ger­man Fi­nance Min­istry last week.

The pack­ages, in­tended for “of­fi­cials in Euro­pean coun­tries”, were lo­cated at the main sort­ing cen­tre of the Greek postal ser­vice cen­tre north of here, a po­lice state­ment said.

A po­lice source said the pack­ages were in­tended for of­fi­cials at the Eu­rogroup and other global eco­nomic institutions.

Last week, a mail bomb sent to IMF’s of­fices in Paris ex­ploded and in­jured a sec­re­tary. A se­cond bomb sent to the Ger­man Fi­nance Min­istry was in­ter­cepted by se­cu­rity.

So far, in­ves­ti­ga­tions sug­gested that both bombs were sent by a far-left group called the Con­spir­acy of Fire Nu­clei, which po­lice thought they had dis­man­tled in 2011.

A source close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in Paris last week said the mail bomb con­sisted of two tubes of black pow­der and a makeshift elec­tric trig­ger.

A Greek po­lice source on Mon­day said the eight pack­ages had been scanned and “found to con­tain a sim­i­lar mech­a­nism”.

To make the pack­ages more likely to be opened, the per­pe­tra­tors listed Greek eco­nomic of­fi­cials and aca­demi­cians as the senders.

Last week, the names of two se­nior of­fi­cials in Greece’s con­ser­va­tive New Democ­racy party were used as the al­leged senders — deputy leader Ado­nis Ge­or­giadis and party spokesman Vas­silis Kik­il­ias, for­merly a po­lice min­is­ter.

The Ber­lin pack­age was in­tended for Ger­man Fi­nance Min­is­ter Wolfgang Schaeu­ble and was dis­cov­ered a day be­fore he was due to host his new United States coun­ter­part, Steven Mnuchin. AFP


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