Greek ex-PM Lucas Papademos injured in Athens auto blast


Lucas Papademos, Greece's former prime minister and former central bank chief, has been injured after an explosive device hidden in an envelope exploded inside his vehicle in central Athens.

Greece's former Prime Minister Lucas Papademos is seen after a meeting with Greek political leaders outside the Presidential palace in Athens, Greece, November 10, 2011.

According to initial reports, the former Greek PM Papademos has suffered burn injuries in his hands and legs after a bomb blast that targeted his vehicle. A police source said fragments of an envelope found at the scene of the incident suggested it was addressed to the Academy of Athens, of which Papademos is president.

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Some reports say these two other people were two banking officials who were also in the vehicle, but their condition is not known.

Papademos, who served as an independent interim prime minister between November 2011 and May 2012, was injured in an explosion on Thursday afternoon, after opening a booby-trapped envelope while riding in his vehicle.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity pending official announcements.

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There has been no claim of responsibility for the bombing. The prime minister has been updated about all the events by the minister of public order and he will continue to receive updates, " Tzanakopoulos said. The former prime minister's auto was parked by the side of the road, in front of its escort vehicle.

"The police were there nearly instantly, in no time". He also served as Governor of the Bank of Greece in the 1990s.

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