A policeman and a church employee were injured in a bomb blast that rocked the Athenian neighborhood of Kolonaki on Thursday.
According to Skai TV, the explosion occurred outside the historic Agios Dionysios church at 07:10 in the morning, local time. The device was placed inside a metallic box discovered by a church employee who notified police.
The bomb injured the officer who arrived to examine the package on his face and hands and was transferred to a military hospital. His life is not thought to be in danger. The church employee also suffered minor injuries.
“The police officer spotted a box outside the entrance of the church and thought it was strange. The blast was not powerful, the officer was injured in the face and hands,” a police official, who declined to be identified, told Reuters.
No organization has yet assumed responsibly for the attack.
The Agios Dionysios church is dedicated to the patron saint of Athens, Dionysios Areopagitis and it celebrates on the 3rd of October.
It was constructed between 1925 and 1931, according to plans of the architect Anastasios Orlandos, with the help of Dimitrios Filippakis.
Many important Greek artists worked for the decoration of the church, like the painter Spiros Vasileiou, Sotirios Varvoglis and Stefanos Xenopoulos and Theofanis Nomikos.