Greek police discover parcel bombs addressed to EU officials

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Greek counter-terrorism experts have identified eight parcel bombs similar to one found last week at the office of Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, a police official said on Tuesday.

The official said the devices were found during a search of the main Hellenic Post sorting office outside Athens. They were addressed to EU officials and European companies.

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, head of the eurogroup, Pierre Moscovici, the EU’s economics commissioner, and an official at the European Central Bank were among those targeted, he said.

The parcels had the return address of two former Greek finance ministers, Ghikas Hardouvelis and Yanis Varoufakis who led bailout negotiations with the EU and IMF in 2014 and 2015.

A Greek militant group last week claimed responsibility for a parcel bomb found at the offices of Mr Schauble in Berlin. The same group is believed to be responsible for a letter bomb that injured one person at the Paris offices of the International Monetary Fund a day later.

In a statement on a far-left website, the group said it would issue a “proclamation” at a later date – prompting speculation that other attacks had been planned.

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