© Copyright Embassy of Greece 1996-2005. All Rights Reserved.
22 January, 2001
A main opposition New Democracy party deputy was injured on Sunday night when a bomb exploded outside a building in the port city of Piraeus.
Vassilis Michaloliakos was injured as he was emerging from his car and preparing to enter a building where his apartment is located. He was injured in the chest and legs but his life is not in danger, according to the Tzanneion hospital where he had been rushed.
The blast was attributed to a device detonated by remote control, which had been planted in a nearby car.
Michaloliakos' brother, who was accompanying him, was also slightly injured, as well as 2-3 persons in the building, reports said.
Public Order Minister Mihalis Chrysohoidis immediately informed Prime Minister Costas Simitis before paying a visit to the hospital to be briefed by doctors on Michaloliakos' state.
Main opposition New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis also rushed to the hospital to enquire about the incident.
Earlier, Michaloliakos had attended a festive event at the Piraeus radio station "Channel 1."
The blast caused extensive damage in the area.
No one had assumed responsibility for the attack but police sources believe that the same method had been used in previous terrorist attacks.
Government strongly condemns bomb attack against ND deputy:
The government on Sunday night strongly condemned the attack carried out earlier against main opposition New Democracy party Deputy Vassilis Michaloliakos.
"Tonight's attack against Deputy Vassilis Michaloliakos provokes abhorrence and indignation for those who, using violence as a weapon, try to promote their criminal designs," government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said.
"Prime Minister Costas Simitis, who was briefed from the very first moment and who gave instructions, and all the government are at the colleague's side. We condemn this act in the most categorical manner and reaffirm our will to confront mechanisms aimed at destabilization and harming the country's interests. Democracy gives a unanimous reply to those who undermine it," Reppas added.
Source: Athens News Agency