Six tourists injured in Greek blasts

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The Independent Online
RHODES (Reuter) - Bomb blasts injured six tourists, one seriously, on this Greek holiday island yesterday and caused panic among foreign visitors.

There were two blasts, at short intervals, in the island's main city, also called Rhodes. A Danish woman was rushed to hospital for treatment to a leg injury. The slightly injured included a Swede, a Dane, a German woman and two Greeks. A bomb in Rhodes' popular coastal town of Lindos on Monday badly injured a Greek and an Italian tourist.

Yesterday's blasts, in the island's bustling port, prompted panic among the tourist population, police said. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks but the Public Order Minister, Stelios Papathemelis, told reporters the campaign was aimed at damaging tourism and he believed foreign agents were at work.

'It's not the work of a local (Greek) terrorist group. The bombs are not like anything we're seen,' he said. Although officials in Athens refused to speculate, Rhodes officials quickly pointed a finger at nearby Turkey. Ankara strongly condemned Greece for allegedly tolerating terrorism after a senior Turkish diplomat was shot and killed by urban guerrillas in Athens on 4 July.