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Grenade thrown at police at French Embassy in Greek capital

  • Police search for evidence after an explosion outside the French Embassy in Athens, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Two unidentified individuals riding a motorcycle threw a grenade at the building and the explosion slightly injured a police officer, according to the Greek media. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Police search for evidence after an explosion outside the French Embassy in Athens, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Two unidentified individuals riding a motorcycle threw a grenade at the building and the explosion slightly injured a police officer, according to the Greek media. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police search for evidence after an explosion outside the French Embassy in Athens, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Two unidentified individuals riding a motorcycle threw a grenade at the building and the explosion slightly injured a police officer, according to the Greek media. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Police search for evidence after an explosion outside the French Embassy in Athens, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Two unidentified individuals riding a motorcycle threw a grenade at the building and the explosion slightly injured a police officer, according to the Greek media. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police search for evidence after an explosion outside the French Embassy in Athens, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Two unidentified individuals riding a motorcycle threw a grenade at the building and the explosion slightly injured a police officer, according to the Greek media. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Police search for evidence after an explosion outside the French Embassy in Athens, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Two unidentified individuals riding a motorcycle threw a grenade at the building and the explosion slightly injured a police officer, according to the Greek media. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

Greek police say a hand grenade attack outside the French Embassy in Athens has lightly wounded a policeman.

Authorities say the policeman, who had been on guard outside the embassy, was wounded when unknown assailants threw a hand grenade outside the embassy building, located opposite Parliament on a major avenue in the centre of the Greek capital, early Thursday.

Police shut down the area to vehicles and pedestrians, while anti-terrorism forensics experts combed the scene for evidence. Police said the attack was apparently carried out by two people on a motorbike, and a bike matching the description was later found in a central Athens neighborhood and was being examined.

Greece has a history of domestic militants who periodically carry out bomb or shooting attacks against authorities, diplomatic locations or businesses.