The explosion, which caused material damage, was preceded by an anonymous phone call to the Greek newspaper “Journal des rédacteurs,” according to the police statement. An unknown individual warned that an explosive device had been placed in front of the ministry and that it would explode 40 minutes later.
The area around the building was cordoned off by the police, and the device exploded at 1:29 am local time. The police have not reported any claims at this time.
However, attacks targeting public buildings, banks, or diplomatic representations have been recurrent in Greece for years. They are generally attributed to extreme left-wing or anarchist movements.
The investigation has been entrusted to the anti-terrorist services, according to the police.