Small explosion outside French embassy in Athens, police say

Forensics experts search for evidence outside the French embassy, where unidentified attackers threw an explosive device causing a small blast, in Athens, Greece on Nov 10, 2016.
Forensics experts search for evidence outside the French embassy, where unidentified attackers threw an explosive device causing a small blast, in Athens, Greece on Nov 10, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS
Police officers investigate at the front of the French embassy after two motorcyclists threw a hand grenade injuring the guard early in central Athens on Nov 10, 2016.
Police officers investigate at the front of the French embassy after two motorcyclists threw a hand grenade injuring the guard early in central Athens on Nov 10, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

ATHENS (REUTERS) - Unidentified attackers on a motorcycle threw an explosive device at the French embassy in central Athens early on Thursday (Nov 10), wounding a guard, police said, in an attack that came less than a week before US President Barack Obama visits the city.

"It was probably a hand grenade," one official told Reuters."The building was not damaged, only externally, on the pavement. One officer, who was at the spot, was slightly injured."

The attackers were riding a motorcycle, according to footage from security cameras, another official said.

The explosion was heard in central Athens.

Small-scale attacks on businesses, police, politicians and embassies are frequent in Greece, with its long history of political violence.