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Greek temple in Sicily targeted by bomber

ROME (AP) – A camping gas canister exploded near one of the West’s best preserved ancient Greek temples Monday night but did only slight damage to the monument, the Temple of Concord in Agrigento, Sicily, and there was no evidence to link the explosion to terrorism, officials said. Not far from the 2,500-year-old Doric temple, police found a white sheet with the following phrases scrawled on it: We’re with the brothers of Afghanistan and We won’t give up until you submit to the one true God Allah. Investigators immediately ruled out the likelihood of terrorism connected to Islamic extremists. Under investigation were local tensions linked to decades-long battles between developers and environmentalists who want modern villas removed from the Valley of Temples, a sprawling complex of archaeological treasures. But an Athens court cleared Lesperoglou last month, after a series of prosecution witnesses either refused to testify or retracted their initial testimonies of 16 years ago.