ATHENS May 30 A Greek urban guerrilla group
claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a small blast that damaged
the entrance and shattered the windows of a building housing
Eurobank offices in central Athens last month.
There were no injuries during the April 19 attack, police
have said. Eurobank is Greece's third-largest lender by assets.
The Group of People's Fighters (OLA) said Eurobank was
targeted because of its handling of non-performing loans, which
have increased rapidly across the country's banking system
during Greece's worst debt crisis in decades.
The leftist group also said it was behind an attempted
attack against the labour ministry in December 2016. Police
detonated that bomb in a controlled explosion.
Police officials said they thought the claim was authentic.
The People's Fighters Group has previously claimed
responsibility for a blast outside the offices of a Greek
business federation in Athens in 2015 and two attacks in 2013 -
one on the headquarters of Greece's conservative New Democracy
party and another on the German ambassador's residence.
Small-scale attacks on businesses, police and politicians
are frequent in Greece, which has a long history of political
violence and is struggling to emerge from crisis despite three
international bailouts since 2010.
On May 25, a former Greek prime minister was injured when a
booby-trapped package exploded in his car in central Athens in
the worst act of violence targeting politicians in Greece for
Lucas Papademos, who was a caretaker prime minister for six
months in late 2011 to mid-2012, is now recovering in hospital.
He suffered mainly superficial injuries when an envelope he
The blast, in which a hospital official said two others in
the vehicle were also hurt, was the most prominent since a
booby-trapped package killed a guard for the then public order
minister in 2010
(Reporting by Renee Maltezou and Lefteris Papadimas; Editing by