Blasts at Jordan Airlines Offices in Athens, Rome, Nicosia
Undated (AP) _ Explosions rocked the offices of the Royal Jordanian Airlines (ALIA) in Athens, Rome and Nicosia in apparently coordinated attacks Thursday, authorities reported.
Three people were injured in Athens and two in Rome but no one was hurt in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus.
No one claimed reponsibility for the attacks on the airline, known as ALIA. In the Jordanian capital of Amman, a government spokesman said ″we resent″ the violence, but added the government would not respond to the specific attacks until officials learn who is responsible.
In Athens, a youth in a yellow windbreaker walked into the third floor suite housing the airline at 10:30 a.m. and threw two small hand grenades into different offices, injuring three employees and doing heavy damage, police said.
The injured were identified as Halil Hamideh, 35, the ALIA manager for Greece, and two Greek employees, Maria Zaharou, 43, and Aris Tsiligirnian, 40. Police said Ms. Zaharou suffered serious leg injuries but she and the others were not in critical condition.
The explosion in Rome occurred 10 minutes later and was followed within two hours by a similar blast in Nicosia.
Italian police said a young man tossed two small hand grenades into the ALIA offices near Via Veneto, about 200 yards from the U.S. Embassy. The explosion in the ground floor office injured two female employees.
One of the injured, Saba Afaf, a 37-year-old Jordanian, suffered a fractured right jaw and multiple cuts. The other victim, 23-year-old Italian Emanuela Manducchi, was treated for superficial cuts.
Roman police quoted witnesses as saying a man in his 20s with curly hair hurled the grenades and fled. A third grenade exploded outside the building, without causing any damage or injuries, police said.
In Nicosia, police said there were no injuries when a bomb exploded in ALIA offices in the city’s main shopping street, Makarios Avenue.
″We are against such behavior,″ said Michel Hamarneh, Jordanian undersecretary of information. ″We resent it and we don’t believe it will help solve any problems.″
But he added, ″Since we don’t know for sure who has done it, we cannot respond in any way″ to the attacks. In the past, Jordan has blamed Syria or Syrian-backed factions of the Palestine Liberation Organization for attacks on its diplomats or offices abroad.
Last November a Palestinian gunman tried to shoot the Jordanian charge d’affaires as he was driving through an Athens suburb. The 31-year-old gunman was arrested several days later.
Jordan’s recent moves for a Middle East peace initiative involving the United States have been bitterly criticized by both Syria and Libya.
The leftist Beirut daily as-Safir on Wednesday quoted Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy as saying he would ″begin terrorism against the Arab rulers″ friendly to the United States.
″If I could, I would behead them one by one,″ he added.
However, there was no report connecting any of the three bombings to Libya or Syria.