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Greek far-left militants claim media group blast

AFP  |  Athens 

Far-left militants on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a bomb attack targeting one of Greece's leading group in last month.

The (OLA) said they had targeted private radio and Skai on December 17 over alleged corrupt links between and politicians.

Attacks against broadcasting groups, public companies or embassies have been frequent in in recent years, and are usually blamed on anarchist or far-left organisations.

The homemade bomb went off at around 2:30am, 45 minutes after an warning to another TV network.

Police cordoned off the neighbourhood in the suburb of Neo Phaliro and evacuated the building, which contains the offices of Skai, as well as those of Kathimerini, a centre-right daily critical of the government.

Both are owned by the Alafouzos shipping family.

Police said the bomb was placed in a narrow street near a fence around the building and smashed windows on the facade.

At the time, Skai said in a statement the blast had caused "major damage".

"The terrorist attack will not discourage us," it said, accusing the government of failing to do enough to protect the despite "recurrent threats against the station".

rejected the accusation.

OLA has previously claimed to be behind at least five other similar blasts, none causing fatalities, since its formation in 2013.

The group last claimed a bombing outside the Court of Appeal in December 2017, which caused extensive material damage.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 20:15 IST