Bomb found at Greek embassy in Rome


Firefighters stand outside the Greek Embassy in Rome after a package bomb was found (AP)

A bomb has been found at the Greek embassy in Rome, four days after similar mail bombs exploded at two other embassies injuring two people.

Security chief Colonel Maurizio Mezzavilla said the bomb was similar to the ones that exploded on Thursday at the Chilean and Swiss embassies.

An anarchist group with reported ties to Greek anarchists claimed responsibility for those blasts.

Greek foreign ministry spokesman Gregoris Delavekouras said from Athens that no one was harmed in the latest incident, in part because heightened security measures had already been put in place.

“The embassy was evacuated and the staff assembled some distance away from the building, so that everyone could be accounted for,” he said.

“There were already heightened security measures at the Greek and other embassies, so the procedure that had to be followed was clear. The matter is now in the hands of the Italian police.”

Police and firefighters massed around the building while the Greek embassy staff lingered outside. The street, in the residential Parioli neighbourhood, remained open to traffic.

Ambassador Michalis Kambanis said the package, addressed to the embassy, was discovered at about 10.30am on Monday.

There have been several other reports of suspicious packages in recent days that turned out to be false alarms. Police responded to suspicious packages at the embassies of Venezuela, Monaco and Denmark on Monday, but all were false alarms.

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