November 3rd, 2010
11:10 AM ET

Greece bombings not linked to al Qaeda, government says

A series of parcel bombs targeting embassies in Greece and officials across Europe "are not related to international terrorism and groups like al Qaeda," Greek government spokesman Giorgos Petalotis said Wednesday.

The country is suspending air shipments of all mail and packages for 48 hours after the parcel bombs were sent from the capital, the Public Order Ministry announced Wednesday.

European authorities discovered packages Tuesday addressed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Neither package reached its target and police destroyed both in controlled explosions.

Both packages had arrived on flights from Athens, Greece, authorities said.

Two other parcels containing explosives were discovered in the cargo section of the Athens airport on Tuesday, police spokesman Thanassis Kokkalakis said. They were addressed to the European Union law enforcement agency Europol, based in The Hague, Netherlands, and the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, he said.

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  1. Rollo Lee

    I love this zoo.

    November 3, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. IndypendentJones

    MAKE OUTSOURCING ILLEGAL! BRING JOBS BACK SO PEOPLE CAN PAY THEIR MORTGAGES! VOTE INDEPENDENT 2012

    November 3, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dude

    Sale @ walmart on toothpaste! BRING BACK THE 8 TRACKS (*@24)! VOTE FOR SUPPORTER OF GREECE – I LIKE THIER FOOD!

    November 4, 2010 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. 2012 is near

    If this had gone off as planned, this is a sure sign that the end times are near

    November 4, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |