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Letter-bomb addressed to Dublin financial firm intercepted in France

An envelope containing explosive material addressed to a financial institution in Dublin was intercepted at mail sorting centre in France

An envelope containing explosive material addressed to a financial institution in Dublin was intercepted at mail sorting centre in France this week, The Journal reported.

Paris police are investigating a number of suspect letters or packages discovered at the sorting centre.

 

Earlier devices

The Conspiracy of Fire Cells, a Greek far-left group, claimed responsibility for a similar device addressed to German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble which was discovered in the mail room before it was opened on March 15.

On March 16, one person was injured at the Paris offices of the International Monetary Fund following a letter-bomb explosion in which one person was injured.

Both the Berlin and the Paris packages were likely sent from Greece. Both used the name of a Greek opposition lawmaker as sender and French investigators found “residues of Greek stamps.”

On March 21, Greek police intercepted eight parcel bombs an Athens postal office. The packages were addressed to European Union financial institutions and businesses in Athens.

In 2010, the Conspiracy of Fire Cells sent letter bombs to European politicians including Angela Merkel, Nicolas Sarkozy and Silvio Berlusconi, and to former head of the European commission Jose Manuel Barroso, the former head of the European Commission.

The organisation was designated as a foreign terrorist group in October 2011, by the US Department of State.

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