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Embassy staff hurt in Jakarta

Athens strongly condemned yesterday’s terrorist car bomb attack outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, and very close to the Greek Embassy in the Indonesian capital, which killed nine people and wounded over 160. Three Greek Embassy employees were slightly hurt in the blast at 10.15 a.m. local time, which Indonesian police blamed on Islamic militants with links to the Al Qaeda terrorist group. A Foreign Ministry announcement said the force of the explosion caused severe damage to the Greek Embassy, which is on the 12th floor of a building separated from the Australian Embassy by a broad avenue. «The three embassy employees were lightly injured, and are in no danger,» the ministry said. «We condemn, in the strongest terms, this sad event which constitutes yet another repulsive and cowardly act of terrorism,» the statement added. «Terrorism… must be effectively confronted, both regarding its forms – with the exemplary punishment of the perpetrators – as well as regarding its causes.»