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Bishop’s office is latest target in Paramythia

A homemade bomb exploded yesterday morning outside a church building in the small northwestern town of Paramythia, just two weeks after a dynamite attack on the local police station. Nobody was injured in yesterday’s blast, which damaged the entrance to the Paramythia bishopric’s offices. The town, close to Ioannina, is about 40 kilometers from the Albanian border in an area which is a point of passage for gangs smuggling drugs, weapons or prostitutes from Albania into Greece. On December 15, the Paramythia police station was targeted in a dynamite attack that destroyed vehicles outside the building, as well as causing extensive damage to the station’s facade. There were no injuries, and nobody claimed responsibility for the blast. At the time, police had tentatively linked the explosion with smuggling gangs.