posted on May, 19 2004 @ 04:11 PM
ATHENS, Greece - A small unexploded bomb was found on Wednesday outside a British car dealership in southern Athens, the latest attack in the run-up
to the Olympic Games in August, a police spokeswoman said.
It was the third attack in the capital in two weeks and an embarrassment for security authorities, who had just unveiled German remote-controlled bomb
disposal robots designed to handle just such objects.
The device was found a few hundred metres (yards) from the seaside Hellenikon Sports Complex, the second largest Olympic venue after the main Olympic
Stadium, where seven sports -- basketball, baseball, softball, handball, hockey, fencing and kayaking -- will take place.
Police detonated the home-made device of minor power, placed in a box under a car at a Land Rover dealership, the spokeswoman said, adding the motive
for the attack was unknown.
Bomb squads had swept the site early in the morning and declared it all clear, following an anonymous phone call to a newspaper saying a bomb would go
off in 30 minutes, a police statement said.