Greece/Terrorism: Explosion damaged HSBC branch in Athens

Greek police stated that an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off at a branch of HSBC bank in Athens on Sunday, damaging the entrance but causing no injuries. According to police officials, the explosive appeared to be a home-made bomb comprised of gas canisters and fuel.

Reportedly, the blast occurred just a few hours after the announcement by the Greek government of a new package of austerity measures in exchange for financial aid from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the blast so far.

Meanwhile authorities pointed finger at left-wing extremists and anarchist groups who stepped up their bombing and shooting attacks in Greece since last year. Their targets included banks, a private TV station and the Athens Stock Exchange.