Former Greek PM Lucas Papademos hurt in Athens bomb attack
Local media outlets reported on social media that the bomb was contained in an envelope, however this has not been confirmed by officials.
Police said the explosion occurred when the car was travelling between Patission and Marnis Street in central Athens at 6:30pm local time, reported Ekathimerini.
Local media didn’t confirm if anyone else was travelling in the car along with Papademos and his driver.
Preliminary reports suggest ex-PM Lucas Papademos and his driver injured in car blast in central Athens #Greece— Kathimerini English (@ekathimerini) May 25, 2017
Acc to first reports former PM #Papademos has suffered injuries in his hands and abdomen after opening an envelope trapped with explosives— Janine Louloudi (@janinel83) May 25, 2017
Papademos’ injuries are reported to be non-life threatening. Police officials told Reuters "doctors are more worried about his eyesight."
Government spokesperson Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said he “unequivocally condemns” the attack. Tzanakopoulos was reported to have visited Papademos in hospital.
Gov't spox Tzanakopoulos 'unequivocally condemns' attack on ex-PM Papademos, injured in car blast with driver & bodyguard #Greece— Kathimerini English (@ekathimerini) May 25, 2017
The incident comes days after an envelope containing bullets, addressed to Greece’s general secretary for public revenue, was intercepted at a post office in Athens.
In March, an envelope exploded at an IMF office in Paris, injuring one person.
69-year-old Papademos was appointed caretaker prime minister in November 2011 following concerns the country would exit the Eurozone. He remained in the position until May 2012 when elections were held.
He previously served as the vice president of the European Central Bank from 2002 to 2010 and as governor of the Bank of Greece from 1994 to 2002.