Unis on alert over sus­pi­cious let­ters from In­dia

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Po­lice were on alert yes­ter­day af­ter 11 univer­sity cam­puses around the coun­try re­ceived a to­tal 12 en­velopes con­tain­ing a white sub­stance that ex­perts say is used in the pro­duc­tion of in­dus­trial ad­he­sives.

The Civil Pro­tec­tion Agency also warned post of­fices and uni­ver­si­ties against open­ing any pack­age deemed sus­pi­cious.

All the en­velopes were re­port­edly sent from Ker­ala in south­ern In­dia and were la­beled with the words “Is­lamic con­tent” writ­ten in English. They ar­rived in Greece yes­ter­day and on Wednesday.

Each of the yel­low en­velopes also had a seal and four In­dian stamps. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was ini­tially un­der­taken by the po­lice’s anti-ter­ror depart­ment, while the en­velopes were han­dled by an ex­pert team of the fire depart­ment tasked with deal­ing with chem­i­cal and bi­o­log­i­cal threats.

More than a dozen peo­ple – univer­sity and postal staff – re­ceived med­i­cal at­ten­tion as a pre­cau­tion but none, re­port­edly, suf­fered any health prob­lems.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of a state lab ex­am­i­na­tion, the pow­der was made of “ir­ri­tants used in the pro­duc­tion and im­prove­ment of ad­he­sives and print­ing ink.”

The tar­geted cam­puses were in Athens, the is­lands of Crete, Lesvos, Cephalo­nia and Corfu, the north­west­ern town of Arta, Sparta in the Pelo­pon­nese and the cen­tral city of Vo­los.

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