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Missiles Hit Banks in Greece

May 6, 1999

ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ Anti-tank missiles damaged a branch of the Chase Manhattan Bank and two other banks in Greece’s main port of Piraeus on Wednesday, but police said there were no injuries.

One rocket hit the Chase Manhattan branch, causing extensive damage to the front of the office. The other two rockets hit branches of the British Midland Bank and the French Banque National de Paris but failed to detonate and caused only slight damage, authorities said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, but police speculated they were carried out by the November 17 group, which has used such rockets in the past against the U.S. Embassy in Athens and foreign banks.

Several recent bombings against foreign businesses and official buildings have been carried out in apparent protest against NATO airstrikes on Yugoslavia.

Greeks maintain friendly ties with fellow Christian Orthodox Serbs.

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