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Man arrested for blasts at Masonic Lodge in Athens

Police in Athens have arrested a 61-year-old man in connection with two explosions caused by small makeshift bombs at the Masonic Lodge, the Grand Lodge, in the city center on July 13.

According to state broadcaster ERT on Tuesday, the suspect was identified by investigators looking into an attack on a masonic lodge on central Acharnon Street and a second explosion that took place nearby.

CCTV had recorded the man who seems to had covered his face.

The device that caused the explosion comprised a small propane gas canister, an old cell phone, a battery and a fuse packed into a cardboard box that was placed outside the building.

The explosion occurred short after 6:30 a.m. on July 13 and after an anonymous caller warned about it with a call to international emergency line <112>. However, the caller did not mention the explosion time and the device went off as police was rushing to the site.

Following his arrest, the man reportedly declared that he was a “guardian of the Constitution.”

A group with the same name appeared in Greece a few years ago, but they seem to have disappeared.

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