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Bomb damages McDonalds restaurant in Greece

world Updated: Jul 03, 2009 23:10 IST

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A time bomb exploded outside a McDonalds restaurant in central Athens early on Friday, causing extensive damage in what Greek authorities suspect was an attack by resurgent far-left terrorists.

Police said the bomb went off at 0147 GMT in the central Ambelokipi district, when the fast food restaurant was closed. Anonymous warning calls made to two Athens newspapers before the attack allowed officers to cordon off the area before the
explosion, and there were no injuries.

The blast shattered windows in nearby shops and apartment blocks, leaving broken glass and dead pigeons on pavements.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but police spokesman Panagiotis Stathis said police suspect a
group that calls itself Revolutionary Struggle.

The group, which the US designated as an international terrorist organisation in May, has carried out more than a
dozen bomb and shooting attacks since 2003, including a bloodless 2007 rocket attack on the US Embassy in Athens.

In January, the group claimed responsibility for a shooting attack that severely wounded a riot policeman
guarding a ministry building in central Athens.

Stathis said Friday's attack was clearly aimed at the McDonalds restaurant.