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Grenade thrown at French Embassy in Athens, one injured

A small explosive device was thrown from a passing motorbike at a security post.

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Ed Adamczyk
A police officer was injured Thursday when a grenade, thrown from a passing motorbike, was thrown at the French Embassy in Athens. Photo by Pantelis Saitas/European Press Agency
A police officer was injured Thursday when a grenade, thrown from a passing motorbike, was thrown at the French Embassy in Athens. Photo by Pantelis Saitas/European Press Agency

ATHENS, Greece, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- A small grenade, tossed from a passing motorbike early Thursday, injured a police officer at France's Embassy in Athens, police said.

The attack on a security post outside the Embassy, across the street from the Greek Parliament building, left a small hole in the pavement and lightly damaged the Embassy's gate and guard post. The police officer was hospitalized with minor injuries to his legs.

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An explosive object was thrown at the security post by one of two people aboard a motorbike, police said, adding they suspect a local anarchist group for the small-scale attack. In the past some anarchists have similarly attacked diplomatic, economic and political targets in the Greek capital.

Investigators said they have not discounted the attack as a possible response to a message of congratulations sent to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump by Marine Le Pen, leader of France's right-wing National Front political party. Police are examining a stolen motorbike located in Exarchia, an Athens neighborhood with a large concentration of self-described anarchists.

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