Bomb explodes in north Greek city, no injuries

ATHENS (BestGrowthStock) – A bomb went off at a courthouse in Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki, on Friday, but there were no injuries and only minor damage, police officials said.

The blast came after a similar explosion outside the main prison in the capital Athens late on Thursday which slightly injured two people and damaged dozens of shops and homes.

An unidentified caller warned a Greek TV station and a newspaper that a bomb would explode in the Thessaloniki courthouse, police said.

“There was an explosion in the toilets of the main courthouse in Thessaloniki. There are no reports of injuries so far,” a police official who declined to be named told Reuters.

“The explosion was very similar to the one in Athens, last night,” he said.

Another official said the time-bomb was placed in a plastic bag in the basement of the building.

Bomb attacks by militant groups are frequent in Greece and usually target police, public buildings or businesses.

In March, a 15-year-old boy was killed and his mother and sister wounded after a bomb exploded outside a building in central Athens, in the first deadly bomb attack in years.

Urban violence has increased after the police shooting of a teenager in December 2008, which prompted weeks of riots.

Social unrest is also picking up after Greece took belt-tightening measures, include wage cuts and tax hikes in recent months, aimed at pulling Greece out of a debt crisis.

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(Reporting by Renee Maltezou and Daphne Papadopoulou; Editing by Jon Hemming)

Bomb explodes in north Greek city, no injuries