Greek police foil far-left militant bomb plot
03 October 2014, 09:20
Athens - Greek police said on Thursday they foiled a planned weekend bomb attack by a far-left militant group against the headquarters of the country's ruling centre-right New Democracy party, on the day it plans to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Public Order Minister Vassilis Kikilias said plans for Saturday's attack were found in a police raid in Athens, where a suspect was arrested and held on terror-related charges.
"This was a strike that was aimed at weakening the country's institutions and our economy, at a time when we are struggling to emerge from [financial] crisis," Kikilias said Thursday.
He said police also found records of others believed to be on a list of potential targets, including ship owners, the chairpersomn of Greece's industry federation and the chair of the country's largest soccer club, Olympiakos.
"We found details of their homes, their workplace and their movements," Kikilias said.
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The suspect was identified as a Greek man who was refusing to co-operate with police inquiries, but no further details were given.
New Democracy leads the country's coalition government, which has imposed tough austerity measures in exchange for international bailout loans. Senior party officials are due to gather at a nearby central Athens location on Saturday for anniversary celebrations.