Greek anarchists ‘likely’ behind IMF Paris letter bomb
Fragments of Greek stamps were found at the Paris offices of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) where the letter bomb exploded, leaving the secretary with injuries to her face and hands.
A far-left Greek group called Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei is “likely behind” the Paris attack, a Greek police source told AFP in Athens.
French investigators have told their Greek counterparts that the package was sent from Athens, the official said.
Separately, a source close to the French probe said it was focusing on “an anarchist group”.
The Conspiracy of Fire group had earlier claimed responsibility for an explosive device, also sent from Greece, that was discovered by police at the offices of German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.
The package was discovered on Wednesday, a day before Schaeuble was due to host his new US counterpart, Steven Mnuchin.
Many Greeks blame Germany and the IMF for imposing years of public sector cuts and reforms in exchange for bailout packages needed to prop up the debt-ridden country.
The incidents occurred more than six years after Conspiracy of Fire waged a similar campaign targeting European officials.
The group, which is blacklisted as a terror organisation by Washington, sent letter bombs to foreign embassies in Greece and to European leaders in 2010.
In Paris on Thursday, employees were evacuated from the building where the Washington-based IMF has offices near the Arc de Triomphe in the heart of the French capital after the late morning explosion.
The secretary, who works for an unnamed senior manager, suffered facial injuries caused by “shards, as well as a blast to the eardrums” but is out of danger, Paris police chief Michel Cadot said.
“It appears to have been a firework or a big firecracker,” he said, describing the device as “relatively rudimentary and nothing like a bomb”.
this got very little coverage but its kind of significant..interesting logo as well..
“The group, which is blacklisted as a terror organisation by Washington, sent letter bombs to foreign embassies in Greece and to European leaders in 2010.”
but why now?
“Many Greeks blame Germany and the IMF for imposing years of public sector cuts and reforms in exchange for bailout packages needed to prop up the debt-ridden country.”