Suspicious Package Shuts Down Massachusetts Ave.

Monday, Jan 3, 2011  |  Updated 5:53 PM EDT
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Suspicious Package Shuts Down Massachusetts Ave.

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A suspicious package delivered to the Greek embassy triggered a call to D.C. emergency services on Monday.

Police, fire, and Hazmat officials all responded to the embassy, located in northwest D.C.

Traffic stopped briefly on Massachusetts Avenue between Sheridan Circle and 23rd Street.  The package was put through an x-ray device and was determined not to be a threat.

On Dec. 27, an explosive device was mailed to the Greek embassy in Rome.  That bomb was succesfully defused by Italian authorities.  That same week, parcel bombs were also mailed to the Swiss and Chilean embassies in Rome, wounding two people.  An Italian anarchist group called the Informal Anarchist Federation claimed responsibility for all three of those bombs.

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