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Former Greek PM wounded in bomb attack in Athens

The 69-year-old Lucas Papademos was hurt after an explosion in his car. Credit: PA

Former Greek prime minister Lucas Papademos has been wounded in a suspected bomb attack in the capital Athens.

Greek police said an explosion in his car in the city centre, which also wounded two others, has left the politician with non-life-threatening injuries.

Greek media reported Mr Papademos suffered injuries to his hands and legs after opening a parcel that turned out to be a letter bomb while being driven in his car.

His driver was also injured in the blast that occurred at 6.30pm local time, Athens newspaper Kathimerini claimed.

Police are yet to confirm whether the explosion was caused by a parcel bomb.

Mr Papademos served as prime minister for six months in 2011-2012 and is a former deputy governor of the European Central Bank.

Up to 60,000 to be evacuated over unexploded WWII bomb

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Up to 60,000 people are to be evacuated from Greece's second largest city so an unexploded Second World War bomb can be disposed of.

Residents in Thessaloniki living within 1.2 miles of the bomb site will be kept away from the area for up to five hours on Sunday, officials said.

The bomb was found five metres below ground near the city's central railway station. Military and police authorities will try to defuse it at the site.


Thousands of migrants flee huge fire at Lesbos camp

Thousands of migrants have fled one of Greece's refugee camps on the island of Lesbos after a huge fire broke out.

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Police believe the fire was deliberately started by someone inside the Moria camp.

"Between 3,000 and 4,000 migrants have fled the camp of Moria," a police source told AFP.

There are now more than 60,000 refugees and migrants in Greece, most of them seeking to travel to Germany and other affluent EU countries.

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