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Arsonists on spree in two cities

Arsonists struck in Athens and Thessaloniki yesterday, destroying one bank in the center of the capital, burning two cars belonging to the Swedish Consulate and damaging a New Democracy office, police said. In Athens, the suspected anarchists targeted a branch of the National Bank of Greece in Gyzi shortly after 2 a.m. They smashed windows and doused the building with a flammable liquid which they set fire to. The interior of the branch was destroyed despite the efforts of 24 firefighters. Three cars and a motorcycle parked outside the bank were also destroyed. In Thessaloniki, another National Bank branch was attacked, with a homemade explosive device made from gas canisters. The bank’s entrance was damaged. Three cars, two of which belonged to the Swedish Consulate, were burned in the Ano Poli neighborhood. A political office of the ruling conservative party was also attacked with a Molotov cocktail. Nobody was injured in the incidents and no group claimed responsibility for the attacks.