Explosion outside Greek court shatters windows; no injuries

A makeshift bomb exploded outside a court in Greece's capital, damaging the building, but causing no casualties.

ATHENS (REUTERS) - A makeshift bomb exploded outside a Greek court in Athens early on Friday (Dec 22), shattering windows and damaging the facade of the building.

Shots were also fired at a person guarding the Athens Appeal Court building, Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis told state television. There were no reports of injuries but the Justice Ministry suspended the court's operation for one day.

Police, who had cordoned off the area, later found a bag which had contained the makeshift bomb outside the building.

Small-scale attacks on businesses, state buildings, police and politicians are frequent in Greece, which has a long history of political violence.