Greek ex-PM Lucas Papademos injured in Athens car blast

Friday, 26 May 2017

Former Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos has been injured by an explosion inside his car in Athens. Reports say the blast may have been caused by a letter bomb. Mr Papademos, 69, had leg, arm and stomach injuries, but officials said his condition was “not a cause for concern”.

His driver was also injured – but not seriously. Reports say at least one other person in the car was hurt.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for Thursday’s blast.

Mr Papademos was appointed caretaker prime minister in November 2011 amid political and economic turmoil. He served in post until May 2012.

He has also served as vice-president of the European Central Bank.

The explosion occurred at about 18:30 local time (15:30 GMT) in central Athens.

Mr Papademos and his driver, who has not been named, were then taken to Evangelismos Hospital.

Reports say the third person in the car was a banking official.

Current Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who is attending a Nato summit in Brussels, is being kept informed of the incident, Greek news agency ANA said.