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23 April 2024

Arsonists target state power office in Greece

Police forensic experts inspect a damaged car following a car bomb explosion near an elementary school in the seaside southern Athens' suburb of Voula on Friday. Another bomb was reported to have destroyed cars parked near a state power corporation office in Thessaloniki, Greece on Saturday. (AP) 

Greek authorities say suspected anarchist arsonists have firebombed a main state power corporation office in Thessaloniki, burning eight cars parked outside.

No injuries or arrests have been reported. Police say five corporation cars were destroyed and another three badly damaged in the attack early Saturday in the center of the northern city. The building was intact.

Police said a group of hooded and masked youths threw at least 15 incendiary devices made of camping gas canisters, as well as several petrol bombs.

Small anarchist groups frequently carry out arson attacks on symbols of state authority, banks and foreign diplomats’ cars. Arrests are very rare. The attacks have escalated after the fatal police shooting of a teenager in Athens in December.