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Greek Police Probe Bomb Set Off Outside Shipping Boss’ House

January 27, 2020

ATHENS – The second attack on Greece’s shipping sector in a week, this one a canister bomb set off outside a building in Piraeus which media reports said was the home of a shipping executive had police scrambling to find out who was behind them.

The explosion caused damage but no injuries, said Kathimerini, reporting that witnesses said they had seen two people who arrived at the scene on a motorcycle but that their faces were covered.

Earlier in January, a similar device attached to a can of gasoline was set off outside a shipping firm but there’s been no claim of responsibility in either case not any motive given although Greece’s shipping sector is essentially tax-free and escaped a near decade-long economic and austerity crisis, prospering while workers, pensioners and the poor were hit.

Anarchists have also been stepping up attacks across Athens in response to the New Democracy crackdown on violence and lawlessness, especially in the downtown neighborhood of Exarchia they dominate.

The new attack on shipping interests came as police were also investigating the fatal shooting of a 53-year-old municipal official in Dionysos, north of Athens, the paper also said, with the alleged killer, 77, a worker in the water supply department, turning himself in.

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