December 10, 2007 / 8:57 AM / 12 years ago

Foreign diplomats' cars burned in Athens

ATHENS, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Unknown assailants firebombed four cars belonging to foreign diplomats in Athens early on Monday but no one was injured, police said.

Cars belonging to staff of the embassies of Italy, Turkey and the Philippines were set ablaze by home-made gas canister devices shortly after midnight, a police official said.

The cars, two of them owned by Turkish embassy staff, were parked on Athens streets and had diplomatic licence plates but no country markings. "We still have no specific suspects, nor can we attribute a motive. We are waiting for someone to claim responsibility and we are investigating the incident," the police official said.

Cars belonging to diplomats, businessmen and politicians have often been attacked by self-styled anarchists in Greece, and more than a dozen have been set on fire in the past year. (Reporting by Daphne Papadopoulos, Writing by George Hatzidakis, editing by Tim Pearce)

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