Former Greek prime minister Lucas Papademos injured after his vehicle explodes

Greek former prime minister Lucas Papademos was hurt on Thursday when an explosive device went off inside his auto in Athens, state agencies said.

Police said two other people in the auto were also wounded. He has also served as the deputy governor of the European Central Bank.

"With all out heart, we wish Mr. Papademos and his companions a speedy recovery". The Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei had earlier claimed responsibility for an explosive device, also sent from Greece, that was discovered by the police at the offices of German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. Two of the doors on Papademos's vehicle showed signs of buckling. A government spokesman claimed that the explosion was an attack and said all three who had been hurt - including Mr Papademos - were in a "stable condition, conscious and are undergoing all the necessary medical tests".

The group had also claimed responsibility for a spate of parcel bombings in 2010 targeting several embassies in Athens and the offices of European leaders overseas. The rigged package to the International Monetary Fund exploded, injuring a postal employee.

Authorities cordoned off the area, and forensics experts were investigating the scene for evidence. "The prime minister has been updated about all the events by the minister of public order and he will continue to receive updates", Tzanakopoulos said.

The country's current prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, was informed of the incident while attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

The explosion damaged the car's windshield, leaving no other sign of damage, but startled bystanders.

"The police were there nearly instantly, in no time. I've never seen anything like it", Tavlaridis said.

"At some point we realize in this country that dealing with terrorism must take the highest priority".

A respected economist, Papademos headed a provisional coalition government credited with preventing the collapse of the country's worldwide financial bailout.

He was bank governor from 1994 to 2002 and European Central Bank governor vice president from 2002 to 2010.

  • Zachary Reyes