|English.news.cn 2012-06-17 19:12:15|
ATHENS, June 17 (Xinhua) — A hand grenade was found outside Greek private television channel SKAI in Athens on Sunday.
The grenade did not explode and caused no injuries, local media reported.
A guard found the hand grenade in the backyard of the TV channel’s building on Sunday noon and alerted authorities, prompting the its briefly evacuation.
The Greek government and all mainstream political parties strongly condemned the attack that has been regarded as an assault against press freedom and democracy.
“With this action, some circles attempt to disturb the smooth electoral process. Democracy, however, cannot be terrorized. Such actions have no place in democratic Greece today,” caretaker government spokesman Dimitris Tsiodras said in a written statement released to media.
A counter terrorism squad is investigating who was behind the incident, as police cordoned off streets at the southern Athens district of Faliron.
According to SKAI and police sources, an anonymous caller had warned over an imminent attack earlier on Sunday, but a check by security personnel ended fruitless. Anohter phone call warned of a second hand grenade.
SKAI had been targeted with petrol bombs on June 5.