Former Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos injured in explosion

PUBLISHED Thu, May 25, 2017 - 12:06pm EDT
Credit: Euronews

Former Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos and 2 others have been injured after an explosion hit their car in central Athens, local authorities say. It is believed the explosion was caused by an explosive device. (more)

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The incident happened at 6:30 p.m. local time on Thursday as Papademos was traveling in a car in central Athens. The explosion occurred when an envelope or package was opened, according to the Kathimerini newspaper.

The Athens News Agency (ANA-MPA) said Papademos was injured in the blast and was rushed to an area hospital, where he is expected to undergo surgery on his abdomen. The injuries are relatively serious but not life-threatening.

The driver and the politician's bodyguard were also injured in the explosion, police said.

Dimitris Tzanakopoulos, a government spokesman, strongly condemned the attack and said investigators will do everything possible to find those responsible. He added that all 3 victims are in a stable condition.

Lucas Papademos served as Prime Minister from November 2011 until May 2012, and prior to that served as the Vice President of the European Central Bank from 2002 until 2010. He also served as Governor of the Bank of Greece in the 1990s.

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