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'No Olympic link' to Greek blasts

The Greek government says there is no evidence that a bomb attack on a police station in Athens is linked to the Olympic Games, due to open in 100 days. Speaking hours after three bombs went off in the central Kalithea district, officials expressed confidence the Olympics would be safe for all. No-one has claimed the attack which caused damage but no injuries. Police are increasingly convinced that left-wing domestic groups are to blame and not international terrorism. The BBC’s Richard Galpin in Athens says the government is very keen to show that this attack was not linked to the Olympics, but was instead a violent reaction to the trial of alleged members of hardline leftist group accused of a series of bombings and killings in Greece over the past three decades. A newspaper in the city received an anonymous telephone warning about 10 minutes before the pre-dawn blasts. The bombs were each reportedly made from three sticks of dynamite triggered by alarm clocks. Police said they believed the timing of the explosions was staggered in the hope that the second and third bombs would injure police officers arriving at the scene after the first blast. Full Story

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