Greece Finds Bomb on Way to Berlusconi, Halts All Mail

Cargo plane bearing package makes emergency landing in Bologna
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2010 6:18 AM CDT
A police explosives expert prepares a controlled blast in Athens, where parcel bombs have been sent to several embassies.   (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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(Newser) – Greece has suspended air mail and freight for 48 hours to ensure that no more exploding packages find their way to European leaders. More than 10 suspicious packages have been intercepted in recent days, including a parcel bomb sent to the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a suspect package stopped on its way to Italy's Silvio Berlusconi, the Wall Street Journal reports.

A cargo plane made an emergency stop in Bologna after officials realized there was a package addressed to Berlusconi on board. A small fire broke out when bomb experts opened the parcel but nobody was injured. Two more bombs, addressed to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and international police organization Europol in the Netherlands were destroyed at Athens airport. Police, who have made two arrests, believe an extreme left-wing group seeking to start a revolution is behind the packages.

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