Greek ex-premier Lucas Papademos wounded in Athens blast

Forensic experts of the police search for evidence in and around the auto of Greek former prime minister Lucas Papademos in Athens on May 25, 2017, after Papademos was hurt when an explosive device went off inside his vehicle.

Authorities said the daytime attack left the 69-year-old Papademos with non-life-threatening injuries.

Papademos, 69, who served as prime minister for six months in 2011-2012 and is also a former deputy governor of the European Central Bank, was inside his auto when the device detonated.

Former Greek central bank leader and Prime Minister Lucas Papademos was injured by a blast inside his auto.

Local media outlets reported on social media that the bomb was contained in an envelope, however this has not been confirmed by officials. Two of the doors on Papademos's auto 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".

He headed an interim coalition government at the height of Greece's fiscal crisis that in 2012 negotiated a massive write-down of the country's privately-held debt. The source of the explosion was hidden inside an envelope.

The attack is reminiscent of the March detection of eight parcel bombs, which were sent to European Union finance officials, as well as to the Paris IMF office and the German Finance Ministry.

The blast happened on a busy Athens highway, according to an AFP reporter who went to the scene.

He was highly-regarded as a central banker.

Papademos had been in retirement since stepping down as prime minister in May 2012 following elections in the country.

It had previously claimed to have carried out a wave of explosive devices sent to foreign embassies in 2010.

To make it more likely that the letter bombs would be opened, the attackers used the names of Greek politicians as alleged senders.

  • Leroy Wright