A 15-year-old Afghan boy was killed when a powerful bomb exploded in front of an institute for training public officials in the west of Athens late on Sunday, police and local media reported. The bomb also left his mother and younger sister wounded.
According to police, the teenager and his mother and sister were probably passing through the training centre building when the bomb placed in a bag went off in the city’s busy Patissia district at 10:50 pm (local time). The boy died on the spot, while his sister was seriously injured by the blast, their mother is said to have escaped with minor injuries.
Soon after the explosion, anti-terrorism police cordoned off the area for several hours to search for clues. The motive behind the blast has not been ascertained yet.
No group or any individual has claimed responsibility for the blast so far. However, last Monday, a Greek extremist group “The Fire Conspiracy Cells” claimed responsibility for three bomb attacks which caused minor damage but no injuries in Athens during the last week.
Since last year, left-wing extremists and anarchist groups stepped up their bombing and shooting attacks in Greece, whose targets included banks, a private TV station and the Athens Stock Exchange.