Greece: Italian embassy car destroyed in firebombing

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ATHENS, Greece — An in a single day arson assault destroyed a automobile utilized by a senior official on the Italian embassy in Athens, an incident that authorities in Greece and Italy strongly condemned Friday.

Italian Prime Minister Premier Giorgia Meloni provided solidarity to the diplomat and expressed “profound concern over the attack against her, probably of an anarchist origin.”

The embassy official was recognized by Italian authorities as Susanna Schlein, a profession diplomat and the sister of distinguished Italian lawmaker Elly Schlein.

Nobody was damage within the assault exterior the official’s dwelling in a northern Athens suburb. Fireplace Service officers stated a crude incendiary system exploded within the storage of the diplomat’s dwelling, burning one automobile and damaging a second. Eighteen firefighters and 6 hearth vans had been despatched to the scene, the officers stated.

Italian Overseas Minister Antonio Tajani met with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and mentioned the incident late Friday, on the sidelines of a gathering close to Athens of European center-right political events.

The Greek Overseas Ministry stated the “reprehensible” assault would “in no way disturb the excellent relations and long-standing bonds of friendship between Greece and its partner and ally, Italy.”

Although much less frequent in recent times, arson assaults by anarchist and far-left teams are widespread in Greece and infrequently goal banks and automobiles belonging to overseas embassies.

No group has claimed accountability for the assault, which adopted protests by Greek anarchist teams in help of a jailed Italian anarchist militant, Alfredo Cospito, who’s on starvation strike in protest at jail situations.

The Italian Overseas Ministry stated in an announcement that it was awaiting the outcomes of a “thorough police investigation,” including: “We firmly condemn the vile explosive attack targeting the car and house of Italian diplomat Susanna Schlein in Athens (and express) full solidarity and support to our colleague and the (embassy) staff.” ___ Winfield reported from Rome.

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