Second Greece Explosion in Thessaloniki targets Courthouse

May 14, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

Police secure area after an explosion outside a prison wounded one person on May 13. Another bomb exploded inside a courthouse in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Friday. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
Police secure area after an explosion outside a prison wounded one person on May 13. Another bomb exploded inside a courthouse in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Friday. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
Another bomb exploded inside a courthouse in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Friday, the Associated Press (AP) reported, following a separate explosion in Greece the day before. Only one man was reported to have been injured with light injuries to the leg.

"The whole building shook," lawyer Haralambos Apostoloditis told AFP. "I was heading out when [I] heard a cry and saw a man bleeding on the ground, and I helped take him to hospital."

According to CNN, the explosion occurred at 1:30 p.m. local time.
The bomb exploded within a toilet stall, but someone called a Greek newspaper to warn of the attack and employees were evacuated in time, according to the AP. Those who stayed witnessed the explosion coming from the basement and rising smoke, AP wrote.

Apostoloditis told AFP that everyone in the courthouse treated the warning as a prank. The staff said that the building does a bi-weekly full evacuation from false bomb warnings, AFP reported.

The courthouse withstood the blast with some toppled walls and shattered glass, the AP reported.

Explosion near prison

The Thursday explosion occurred inside a garbage can outside of Athens, near the city’s main Korydallos prison’s wall, according to Reuters.

A police officer told Reuters that the explosion occurred near a wall that houses a convicted November 17 terrorist group.

The shattered glass from the explosion injured two people.

Much like Friday's bomb, a call to a Greek newspaper and a TV station to warn of the attack, Reuters reported.

Greece plunged into riots and protests after economic recession hit hard the tourist country. The announcement of higher taxes and lower salaries on May 2 moved the angry crowd into organized demonstrations. The new government tax laws to pull Greece out of recession do not sit with the Greek people.