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Prison warden escapes blast

Explosives experts arrived in Corfu yesterday to examine the remnants of a large bomb that exploded late on Saturday outside the home of the warden of the local high-security prison. The blast occurred at 10.50 p.m. and resulted in the perimeter wall of Dimitris Skarverlakis’s home being severely damaged, as were a number of parked cars. The force of the explosion was felt more than a kilometer away. The prison warden and his wife were in the house at the time of the blast with their 17-month-old granddaughter. They all escaped unscathed. «It was a miracle none of us were hurt,» said Skarverlakis, who is in his third stint as the warden at Corfu Prison after taking up the post again two years ago. Nobody claimed responsibility for the blast but there was speculation that it may have been linked to recent unrest among inmates who are unhappy about overcrowding.