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Neo-Nazi office near Athens bombed

A bomb exploded outside an office of the Greek neo-Nazi group Golden Dawn, which has been blamed for recent violent attacks on migrants.

Leader of the extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party Nikolaos Michaloliakos
Leader of the extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party Nikolaos Michaloliakos
Image: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP/Press Association Images

A BOMB EXPLODED early today outside an office of a Greek neo-Nazi group blamed for violent attacks on migrants, causing material damage but no injuries, a police source said.

The 0200 GMT explosion blew holes in the wall of the Golden Dawn office in the industrial district of Aspropyrgos west of Athens, and smashed windows at neighbouring buildings, the police source told AFP.

The office was closed at the time and nobody was injured.

Golden Dawn is considered by rights groups to be behind a campaign of violent attacks on migrants living in Greece.

Another of its offices in Athens had been bombed two years ago.

Once on the fringe of Greek politics, the group picked up over 400,000 votes in recent elections and currently has 18 lawmakers in the 300-seat parliament.

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Parliament recently lifted the immunity of three Golden Dawn deputies accused of smashing up migrant stalls at two open-air markets.

Another lawmaker, who is also Golden Dawn’s spokesman, is on trial for assault and there are mounting calls for a ban on the group.

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