March 28th, 2010
04:50 PM ET

One killed in explosion in Athens

[Updated 8:29 p.m.] The injured woman, who is of  Afghan descent, identified the victim as her 15-year-old son, according to the Ministry for the Protection of Civilians. Officials could not confirm the identity of the person killed.

[Posted 4:50 p.m.] An explosion in Athens, Greece, on Sunday night killed one person and injured a mother and her 10-year-old daughter, according to police.

The bombing occurred outside a government building in the Patissia neighborhood of Athens, Fotis Ntelis of the Athens police told CNN.

One man was found dead on the sidewalk. The injuries to the mother and daughter were not considered life-threatening, Ntelis said.

There was no claim of responsibility in the bombing, police said.

– CNN's Christine Theodorou contributed to this report.

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  1. Rev M. H. Talbot

    See nonmuslems hate and kill also!

    March 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cyrus

    Do you see its becoming an international trend for individuals to attack government personell and govt.establishments? That should be a wake up call washington.

    March 28, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. eimerd

    As a regular visitor of Greece, this is disturbing, as it will deter tourism; a major source of income for a lot of Greek workers!

    March 28, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip A.

    I live in Athens and the story is the following:

    a 15 year old boy from Afghanistan was looking inside the trash bin, he found a sack and he thought there was something useful in it, so he took it and the bomb exploded in his hands. He was split apart by the explosion. Terrorist attacks from leftist – anarchy groups are common in Athens.

    March 28, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Stefanosath

    Media here in Athens say that the dead is the 15 year old son of the Afghan woman. They were collecting things out of the trash n the boy found a suitcase and while he grabbed it, it exploded. Very sad

    March 28, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joshua Ludd

    And only now will you report on the multiple bombings of government and corporate buildings in Greece.

    March 28, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Greg

    Is this another religious crime? SMH
    they are drawing us closer, day after day to a war on religion

    March 28, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Panagiotis

    Good evening from Athens, Greece. I am an on line news editor, I was on shift during the blast and also live near the blast site. Let me contribute with some information.

    1. The explosion didn't take place outside a government building. This is what we all thought at first. It occured on the entrance of the Hellenic Management Association, a non-profit organization.

    2. The dead man is actually an Afghan boy, 15 years of age. He, along with his mother (45) and sister (10), was walking in the area. The girl saw a bag near a garbage can, she picked it up and gave it to him to see if he could find anything useful therein. It was at that time that the bomb went off, killing the boy and injuring the little girl.

    3. The mother stood there screaming in shock and was able to speak some two hours later. The boy died of course, he was torn to pieces. The little girl with her mother were rushed to the hospital. Luckily, the girl had only some bruises and the woman was only shocked.

    4. This seems to be clearly a blind attack, meant to harm innocent people. Let me explain. In the surrounding very populated area, besides large apartment buildings, there are a big hotel, three gas stations, a coffee house and a hospital. The bomb went off right in front of a huge office building, just beside the subway rails and the pedestrians bridge that goes over it. Plus, the rails are being renewed at present, so you could imagine that there could be people working there. So, you see, we could have been talking of a mass murder here...

    I hope I helped you. Sorry for the long comment. Keep up the good work.

    March 28, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. me

    sounds suspicious to be sure. More like an assassination, than a terror attack.

    March 28, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bubina

    As an Athenian and a Greek I'd like to thank Panagiotis for his informative comment.

    March 29, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |