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Makeshift bomb damages Citibank branch in Athens

A makeshift bomb exploded outside a central Athens branch of Citibank on Sunday.
None | By Reuters, Athens
PUBLISHED ON MAR 27, 2006 03:32 AM IST

A makeshift bomb exploded outside a central Athens branch of Citibank on Sunday damaging the entrance but causing no injuries, police said.

Police said an anonymous caller had made a warning call to a newspaper saying a bomb would explode in 30 minutes outside the bank on the central Alexandras avenue.

"The newspaper got the call at 23300 (2130 GMT) and the area was immediately cordoned off by police," a police official said.

He said there was no claim of responsibility for the blast.

Greece has seen a rise in such attacks over the past year mainly from small leftist or anarchist fringe groups. Several government ministry buildings were damaged by makeshift bombing attacks in the past 12 months.

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