Two people were killed in a recent bomb explosion which occurred in front of a church in central Athens on Thursday, injuring its caretaker and a police officer, police said.
According to the Police, the device was placed outside the Orthodox Church of Saint Dionysius in the upmarket Kolonaki neighbourhood and exploded at 7:10 am (0510 GMT).
The police officer was hospitalised with minor injuries to his face and hands sustained when he went to inspect a “suspicious” package after being alerted by the caretaker.The caretaker was also hospitalised.
The act has been condemned by the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ Syriza party condemned what it called an “atrocious act” and voiced support for the two wounded men.
Tsipras’ main domestic rival Kyriakos Mitsotakis, head of the New Democracy party, accused the government of tolerating repeated acts of violence and warned that “the feeling of insecurity” had reached a new level.
Socialist Party leader Fofi Gennimata said: “There is a problem of security in the country, the government must take responsibility.”
Anti-terrorist police have launched an investigation focused on anarchists or far-left groups.
Non-fatal attacks targeting centres of power, embassies, banks and media outlets have become common in Greece in recent years, and have often been blamed on such groups.