Published: Fri, May 26, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Former Greek prime minister wounded in car explosion

Former Greek prime minister wounded in car explosion

Greece's former prime minister Lucas Papademos has been hurt by an explosive device hidden in an envelope, according to police.

Mr Papademos served as Greece's caretaker prime minister between November 2011 and May 2012.

Papademos, 69, a former central banker who held a senior role in the European Central Bank, was hurt when the package he opened in his auto exploded.

Greek police say former Prime Minister Lucas Papademos (Above) has been wounded in an explosion in a auto in central Athens.

Police said that Papademos, his unidentified driver and another passenger were taken to a local hospital after a bomb exploded inside the former prime minister's vehicle.

A police spokesman said Papademos and two other people were hurt, apparently not seriously but that it was "too early to say".

A Greek militant group, Conspiracy of Fire Cells, claimed responsibility for the first suspect package sent to Germany and intercepted on March 15.

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The attack was widely condemned by politicians from all major Greek parties, including PM Alexis Tsipras, who is in Brussels for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

Al Jazeera's Psaropoulos said: "Some people agree with what Papademos did, many people do not". The prime minister has been updated about all the events by the minister of public order and he will continue to receive updates, ' Mr Tzanakopoulos said. The group also previously claimed responsibility for a device found at the German Finance Minister's office.

Authorities cordoned off the area, and forensics experts were investigating the scene for evidence.

Some media outlets are reporting that two other people may have been in the vehicle, but it's unclear at this time. It is reported that the former Prime Minister was injured in the leg and abdomen.

"The police were there nearly instantly, in no time. I've never seen anything like it", Tavlaridis said.

"At some point we realize in this country that dealing with terrorism must take the highest priority". In addition to being prime minister, he has also held a vice president post for the European Central Bank.

A respected economist, Papademos headed a provisional coalition government credited with preventing the collapse of the country's global financial bailout.

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