Blast outside Greek tax office

2012-05-14 09:57

Athens - A makeshift bomb exploded outside a tax office in Athens early on Monday, a police source said, causing damage but no injuries as the debt-mired country struggles to form an emergency government.

The explosion occurred outside the tax office in Maroussi, a suburb north of the city centre.

The device is believed to have been made from gas canisters, a method usually employed by radical anarchist groups.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Greek political parties were on Monday to resume last-ditch talks to form an emergency coalition government after inconclusive elections on 6 May.

If no deal emerges by Thursday, when the new parliament reconvenes, new elections will have to be called, a prospect dreaded by EU peers as it could mean further delays to the country's promised structural reforms.