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Police defuse bomb sent to Korydallos Prison

Police said on Thursday that they defused a letter bomb that had been sent to Korydallos Prison, southwestern Athens.

Police said the package, detected by a scanning device at the facility, had been addressed to the prison?s governor while the sender?s address was listed as the Eurofor rapid-reaction peacekeeping force, which is based in the Italian city of Florence. But although the envelope – of A4 size and padded – bore Italian stamps there was no postmark.

The bomb was destroyed in a controlled explosion conducted outside the prison area, police said.

Nine suspected members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire guerrilla group are on trial at a court that has been set up in the prison for their alleged role in a string of bombings including a spate of letter bomb attacks on foreign embassies in Athens last November.

Another four suspected members of the organization are being tried in absentia while six arrested earlier this month face trial.