INTRODUCTION: Two of the largest department stores in Athens were damaged by fire early on Wednesday (3 June).
GV Fire engine arrives
GV Smoke pouring from building next to department store PAN DOWN TO fire engines (2 shots)
SV PAN FROM Window dummies on pavement TO damaged shop front
CU Police examining bomb fragments
GV Smoke pouring from department store windows
GV Fire engines fighting fire. Men on elevated platform directing water through store window
SV Burnt side of store. Fireman on extension ladder directing water on roof (2 shots)
GV Police controlling crowd in street
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Two of the largest department stores in Athens were damaged by fire early on Wednesday (3 June). Bomb blasts ripped through the stores a few minutes apart at around three a.m. Anonymous telephone calls to two newspapers in the Greek capital claimed responsibility for the blasts on behalf of previously unknown organisations. The police are treating the claims with caution.
SYNOPSIS: The Klaoudatos store was completely destroyed by the fire, while the Atene store was extensively damaged. The fire also gutted two nearby office blocks. Streets around Omonoia Square, in the heart of Athens, were cordoned off by police and traffic had to be diverted to allow firemen to bring both blazes under control.
There were no casualties but these store dummies look gruesomely life-like.
Police and forensic experts searched the debris for fragments of the firebombs, and a spokesman said there were clues which would hopefully lead somewhere.
Several foreign banks and companies have been bombed recently by extreme left-wing organisations in Greece, and last December, two large stores were completely destroyed by fire after explosions. The December attacks closely parallel Wednesday's (3 June) incident.
Security police are questioning left-wing extremists over the latest bomb blasts and are holding ten suspects.
An organisation calling itself the Revolutionary Anti-Capitalist Initiative has claimed responsibility for the attacks, as has another hitherto unknown group calling itself the New Organisation.