Athens bomb blast kills one and badly injures two (The Guardian)
Monday March 29th, 2010
Police search site of bomb blast in Patissia district Athens. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images
A teenage boy was killed and his mother and younger sister wounded in a bomb blast in Athens last night, police said. The 15-year-old Afghan boy died after stumbling on a bag in a rubbish bin containing the bomb. The blast also injured his 10-year-old sister and their mother, according to the civil protection ministry.
The girl was taken to a children's hospital with slight burns to her face and hands, as well as bruising. Her mother, who was in a state of shock, was also slightly injured and taken to a different hospital.
Police cordoned off the street and were searching the area in a residential neighbourhood in central Athens.
"We do not know yet about the motive or the intended target. All I can tell you, from what the mother told the police, is that the victim was her 15-year-old son," said a police spokesman, who added the victims were from Afghanistan.
"The perpetrators "¦ consider all of us as their enemies. We will find them soon," said the civil protection minister, Michalis Chryssochoidis.
The bomb exploded outside the headquarters of the Hellenic Management Association, a private not-for-profit organisation, a police spokesman said. It was not clear whether this was the intended target, he added.
There have been frequent attacks on banks and government buildings since a teenager was shot dead by a policeman in Athens in December 2008. Most attacks have been blamed on far-left and anarchist groups, but these incidents have been minor and caused no injuries. This was the first fatal explosion for several years.
Last week, three bombings targeted the offices of an ultra rightwing party, a police immigration centre and a Pakistani immigrant leader's home. The Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire group claimed responsibility for those bombings and said they were intended to highlight racism in Greece.