Earlier today, German police reported that a militant Greek group called Conspiracy of Fire Cells claimed responsibility for the attempt to kill Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schauble with a package full of explosives that was mailed to the German Finance Minister. The parcel was mailed to Schaeuble from a post office branch in Athens but as discussed previously, was intercepted by the German finance ministry’s mail department. Luckily, nobody was hurt.
Unfortunately, today someone was hurt when a letter bomb exploded at the French headquarters of the IMF. And, according to a report by the AFP, “militant”, or otherwise, Greeks may have been responsible for this terrorist activity too, because as the French news agency notes, “fragments of Greek stamps found at Paris IMF letter bomb site: probe source.”
As Reuters, adds, a female employee of the IMF suffered injuries to her face and arms on Thursday when a letter bomb mailed from Greece and addressed to the world lender’s European representative blew up as she opened it, officials said. The letter, which had arrived by mail, exploded as it was opened by a secretary at the institution’s office in an upscale part of Paris.
The secretary, whose hearing was also affected, was receiving treatment but her injuries were not life-threatening, Paris police chief Michel Cadot told reporters. The blast caused little damage to the office.
A militant Greek group, Conspiracy of Fire Cells, claimed responsibility for a parcel bomb mailed to German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on Wednesday, but there was no immediate claim for the Paris attack.
However, a Greek return address was on the envelope which exploded in Paris, Greece’s public order minister said in Athens. “French authorities just informed us that it was mailed from Greece,” Nikos Toskas told Ant1 Television.
The explosion was caused by a device that was fairly home-made, “like a big fire cracker,” police chief Cadot said. Asked if the head of the IMF’s European office had received threats, Cadot said: “There had been some phone calls in recent days but they don’t seem necessarily to be linked to this matter.”
The IMF has been involved in talks between Greece and its international creditors on disbursing new loans to Athens under a bailout program.
Alas, we have no more information as of this moment, so anyone asking if Greek terrorist passports were also found, or why the package wasn’t mailed by Russian hackers, will have to wait.