- Title: Booby-trap blast injures former Greek PM Papademos
- Date: 25th May 2017
- Summary: ATHENS, GREECE (MAY 25, 2017) (REUTERS) POLICE OFFICERS WEARING BULLET-PROOF VESTS STANDING ON CORDONED-OFF CENTRAL AVENUE / CAR OF FORMER GREEK PRIME MINISTER LUCAS PAPADEMOS, WITH FLASHING HAZARD LIGHTS / POLICE VANS AND FIRE TRUCKS IN BACKGROUND PAPADEMOS' CAR WITH BENT DOOR FRAMES POLICE WEARING VESTS STANDING IN FRONT OF POLICE TAPE AND PAPADEMOS' CAR VARIOUS OF COUNTER-TERRORISM UNIT FORENSIC OFFICERS IN WHITE UNIFORMS STANDING NEXT TO PAPADEMOS' CAR, WHOSE DOORS HAVE BEEN OPENED INTERIOR OF TRUNK OF PAPADEMOS' CAR / FORENSIC OFFICER WALKING PAST FORENSICS OFFICERS STANDING BY PAPADEMOS' CAR VARIOUS OF FORENSIC OFFICER STANDING NEXT TO OPEN DRIVER'S DOOR AND TAKING PICTURES OF INTERIOR OF PAPADEMOS' CAR FORENSIC OFFICERS WALKING TO OTHER SIDE OF CAR FORENSIC OFFICER CLOSING BACK PASSENGER DOOR OF PAPADEMOS' SECURITY OFFICER'S CAR FORENSIC OFFICERS OPENING TRUNK OF SECURITY OFFICER'S CAR FORENSIC OFFICER CLOSING TRUNK FORENSIC OFFICER TRUCKS / OFFICER IN WHITE UNIFORM STANDING BY TRUCK FORENSIC OFFICER PLACING FACE MASK ON TRUCK DASHBOARD FORENSIC OFFICER LOOKING UNDERNEATH PAPADEMOS' CAR FORENSIC OFFICER NEXT TO TRUCK SPEAKING WITH POLICE OFFICERS
- Embargoed: 8th June 2017 19:43
- Keywords: explosive envelope Athens car Papademos bomb Greece
- Location: ATHENS, GREECE
- City: ATHENS, GREECE
- Country: Greece
- Topics: Bombing (non-military),Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IC9A9Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Greece's former prime minister Lucas Papademos was injured on Thursday (May 25) when a booby-trapped package exploded in his car in central Athens, police said, in the most dramatic act of political violence in the crisis-hit country for several years.
Police said Papademos's injuries were not life-threatening, and an Athens hospital source told Reuters he was being treated for superficial wounds to his abdomen and a slightly deeper injury to his right leg.
Footage from the scene, at a busy intersection in central Athens during rush hour, showed a black vehicle with its hazard lights on, virtually undamaged save for extensive cracks on the front windscreen.
A Greek central bank source said Papademos, who has been in retirement since stepping down as caretaker prime minister in May 2012, had just left the Bank of Greece building when the explosion occurred and a police source said fragments of an envelope found at the scene of the incident suggested it was delivered to the Academy of Athens, of which Papademos is president.
Greece has a history of small-scale attacks against politicians, businesses and police. Greek police say they intercepted several suspected packages addressed to Greek, German and International Monetary Fund officials in the past two months.
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