Eight more bombs were found in packages at a postal sorting center in Athens by the anti-terrorist squad of the Greek police. The packages were to be sent to various officials of the European Union institutions like Jeroen Djisselbloem, the president of the Eurogroup, and Pierre Moscovici, the Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs.
Two of those bombs had as fake senders Yanis Varoufakis, the famous ex-minister of Finance, and Gikas Hardouvelis, an economics professor who has also served as a minister. It appears that all packages have as senders, people who worked in multinational companies, university professors or ex-ministers.
The packages have been located and confiscated by the Greek police. The bombs inside them were deactivated and they will be examined for fingerprints and traces of DNA, research that will take a lot of time, according to investigators. All packages were sent by different external post boxes because the terrorists wanted to avoid going to the local post offices. Each bomb was consisted of 30gr of gunpowder and a simple detonation mechanism.
The Greek police is certain that the radical urban guerrilla terrorist group Conspiracy of Fire Cells is responsible for sending the packages. The group is suspected of committing more than 150 criminal acts, including arson and bombings. In 2011, six members of the group were sentenced to between 11 and 37 years in prison. The Greek police has been unable to trace more members and is afraid that the terrorist group has shifted strategy to get more public attention.
Last week a bomb package exploded in the hands of an employee of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in Paris. The package slipped through screening and injured an administrative assistant. The day before that, a suspicious package reached the German Finance Ministry which was immediately evacuated by policemen. The package had a bomb inside and was targeted at German Finance minister Wolfgang Schauble. In this case, the bomb was deactivated without someone getting injured. Both packages had the names of prominent members of the main opposition party “Nea Dimokratia” as senders.
The terrorist group immediately claimed responsibility for the failed attack in Berlin. In a written statement that was published on a radical anti-establishment website, they dubbed the attack as part of their “Nemesis project”. The group has described its project as “an international proposal to create a list with names of people in authority, so we can attack them in their safe places. We have the rage, we send the package to the German minister as part of the second act of Nemesis project. Nothing is over, everything continues.”
The Greek police are afraid that more packages like that are on their way to their targets. They are also afraid that some of them may have targets inside Greece. This is not the first time that the group Conspiracy of Fire Cells used bombs against individual targets. Two years ago, bomb packages were sent to prosecutors that were conducting researches against the group. In those cases, the suspicious packages attracted the policemen’s attention and were deactivated.