UPDATE 1-Explosion damages HSBC branch in Athens, no injuries

* Makeshift bomb explodes outside HSBC in Athens

* Causes minor damage, no injuries

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ATHENS, May 2 (BestGrowthStock) – A bomb exploded at a branch of
HSBC bank in Athens on Sunday, damaging the entrance but causing
no injuries, police said.

“It appears a home-made bomb comprised of gas cannisters and
fuel caused small damage to the bank’s facade,” a police official
said.

Gas cannister bomb attacks are common in Athens and are
usually staged by leftist and anarchist groups against business
and political targets.

Sunday’s bombing against the U.K.-based banking group was
the first since the Socialist government announced tough new
austerity measures in exchange for international aid to cope
with a debt crisis.

Opinion polls show the public opposes the measures and more
than half of those asked in a recent survey said they would join
protests against them.

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(Reporting by Lefteris Papadimas; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

UPDATE 1-Explosion damages HSBC branch in Athens, no injuries