GREEK COPS FIND 8 ‘SUSPECT’ PARCELS
Packages are similar to mail bombs sent to IMF and German Finance Ministry
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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