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Cypriot diplomat’s car damaged by bomb

A gas-canister bomb exploded under the car of Cypriot diplomat in Thessaloniki late on Sunday, in an attack bearing the hallmark of anarchist groups thought to be behind a series of arson bombings in the city during recent months. Nobody was injured by the blast, which occurred around 10 p.m. under the residence of Cypriot Vice Consul Panayiotis Georgiadis at 35 Alexandrou Michailidi Street. The vehicle, which bore diplomatic license plates, was badly damaged, as was a neighbor’s car parked beside it. Suspected anarchist groups have targeted Thessaloniki banks, private security companies and public sector buildings in dozens of attacks since last June – when police arrested some 30 people following riots in the wake of an anti-EU protest. Meanwhile in Athens, arsonists burnt a car and a motorbike in Kypseli and Ano Patissia on Sunday night.