Witnesses outside the Chilean embassy said they heard a blast shortly after 3 p.m. CET (9 a.m. ET), sending police to the scene. The ANSA news agency said the person who opened the package was wounded. It is not known whether he is a diplomat.
Three hours earlier, a package bomb exploded inside an office in the Swiss Embassy, seriously wounding the staffer who opened it. He was taken to the hospital with hand injuries, but his life is not in danger, the Swiss ambassador Bernardino Regazzoni said.
These two attacks are similar to prior ones in Greece,
In November, parcel bombs containing tiny amounts of explosives targeted a host of embassies in Athens, including those of Belgium, Mexico, Chile, Germany, France, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Russia. One package even reached the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Most of the 14 packages, all using tiny amounts of explosives, were intercepted by police and destroyed, but a delivery service employee suffered minor burns in a small blast.
A Greek militant group claimed responsibility for the spate of parcel bombings.
Following the suicide attack over the Mo cartoons in Sweden, it’s not unreasonable to rule out Islamists. The BBC reporter just now said, “no one rules out that it may be the work of al-Qaeda.”