Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bombers Hit Greece in Advance of Games

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bombers Hit Greece in Advance of Games

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Byline: By Peter Williamson

Terrorists set off three bombs in Athens today just 100 days before the start of the Olympic Games.

No-one was hurt in the blasts but they caused extensive damage to a police station close to some of the Olympic venues and raised new questions about security for the games.

The threat of terrorism has already led to speculation that some athletes may stay away from the August 13-29 games.

The explosions occurred within 30 minutes and followed an anonymous warning call to a newspaper in Athens.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but suspicion is likely to fall on extremist left wing groups linked to the November 17 terrorist network.

The group was severely weakened last year after its leaders were convicted for the murder of British diplomat Brigadier Stephen Saunders in Athens in June 2000, and other crimes.

The Greek authorities - under intense international pressure to safeguard the Olympics - claimed they crippled domestic terrorism following the convictions in December of 19 members of the group, blamed for 23 killings and dozens of other attacks since 1975. …

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