Bomb Kills Greek Counter-Terror Aide

Parcel bomb rocks law enforcement ministry
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2010 1:20 AM CDT
A police officer is seen behind the iron entrance of the Public Order Ministry building just outside central Athens.   (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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(Newser) – A parcel bomb shook Greece's law enforcement ministry last night, killing a top aide to the country's public order minister. The blast—believed to have been caused by a bomb disguised as a box of sweets—shook the building so much that workers thought there had been an earthquake, the BBC reports. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast, but authorities believe a leftist guerrilla group is to blame.

The victim was a 50-year-old father of two. The bomb went off just yards away from the office of Michalis Chryssohoidis, the minister responsible for counter-terrorism, who says he has no doubt it was meant for him. A shaken Chryssohoidis said he had "lost a valuable and beloved colleague" and promised a tough response. "We cannot be scared and we cannot be terrorized," he said. "These cowardly murderers will be brought to justice."

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