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Bomb shakes prison near Athens

May 13, 2010 at 6:38 PM   |   Comments

KORYDALLOS, Greece, May 13 (UPI) -- Greek police say a bomb went off Thursday outside a maximum-security prison near Athens, where tensions remained high in the wake of recent rioting.

Police say they received a telephone threat ahead of the blast and were able to evacuate the area of Korydallos.

No one was hurt, but windows in the area were shattered and the explosion was heard in Athens. No damage was reported to the prison.

The BBC said no one took credit for the bomb; however, it was considered likely to be the work of left-wing militants angry at the cash-strapped government's new austerity programs. The austerity measures sparked a series of violent protests in the capital in recent days.

Greece has also experienced a scattering of similar bombings.

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