A bomb exploded outside private Skai TV early on Monday, causing extensive damage but no injuries.
Police said the blast occurred at 2:35 a.m. outside the broadcaster’s headquarters in Athens after a warning telephone call to Zougla news website and ANT1 TV. “Democracy is shielded and of course not threatened,” Citizen Protection Minister Olga Gerovassili said.
Greek Police investigating the blast suspect that a far-left organization calling itself Group of Popular Fighters may be behind the attack and are examining footage from the building’s surveillance cameras, as well as a torched car that may have been used by the bombers to flee the scene before the explosion which occurred at 2.37 a.m.
Forensic experts said that a backpack containing around 10 kilograms of explosives was attached to a metal crash barrier on the street in front of the building.
Popular Fighters is believed to have been behind similar bomb attacks against the downtown Athens headquarters of the Federation of Greek Industries (SEV) in November 2015, a Eurobank branch near Omonia in April 2017 and the Athens Court of Appeals in December of that year.
It also claimed responsibility for an armed attack on the Israeli Embassy in December 2014.