Greek minister survives attack

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The Independent Online
Athens (Reuter) - Left-wing guerrillas killed one person and wounded five people in a rocket attack in central Athens yesterday, just missing the Greek Finance Minister, Ioannis Palaiokrassas, and his wife, police said.

At least one rocket grenade skimmed the top of the minister's Mercedes and hit an adjacent car which burst into flames just off Constitution Square, one of Athens' busiest and most popular tourist spots.

Mr Palaiokrassas, closely associated with the conservative government's economic austerity plan, and his wife escaped serious injury.

The state-run Athens News Agency (ANA) said the left- wing November 17 guerrilla group claimed responsibility.