Predawn attack on Athens court gives authorities the jitters

A powerful predawn explosion damaged a court complex in central Athens on Friday, with the Association of Greek Judges and Prosecutors calling it an "assault against democracy."

No one was injured in the blast, which occurred following warning telephone calls to the offices of a daily newspaper and news website and partly destroyed the main entrance to the Appeals Court on Loukareos Street.

Police said three suspects were involved and that they fired a warning shot at a guard as they made their getaway in a minivan, which was later found abandoned in central Athens.

Analysts say the intensity of the blast and the determination displayed by the three perpetrators are an indication that urban terror is making a comeback and that alarm bells should start ringing at the Civil Protection Ministry.

Friday's incident followed a Kalashnikov attack against a riot...

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