- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

ATHENS, GREECE (AP) - A bomb blast in central Athens damaged a government real estate agency Thursday, police said. No injuries were reported.

The blast occurred at 9:30 p.m. (1930 GMT, 3:30 p.m. EST), near a busy road where police headquarters and the Supreme Court buildings are located, as well as several other government agencies.

Greek authorities have faced an upsurge in violence by far-left militant groups in the wake of major riots in Greek cities in December, sparked by the police’s fatal shooting of a teenage boy.

Hellenic Public Real Estate Corp., which was targeted in the attack, handles government property assets and is supervised by the Finance Ministry. The explosion damaged the entrance of the building, several parked cars and a nearby store, authorities said.

Police cordoned off the area, while bomb disposal experts and anti-terrorism officers examined evidence at the scene.

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