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Greek central bank chief receives bullets in mail

The head of Greece's central bank, Giorgos Provopoulos, has received a threatening letter from a hitherto unknown group of extremists. Police said the letter contained bullets. A journalist was also targeted.

On Friday, police said that two rifle bullets were sent to Greek central bank chief Giorgos Provopoulos in a mailed envelope. They added that the bullets, along with a threatening letter, were posted by a previously unknown group called People's Punishers.

Though no further details were given about what exactly the letter said, it became known that a similar envelope also containing two rifle bullets was sent to a prominent journalist from the Greek TV station Mega.

Attacks against politicians, business leaders and journalists have increased of late amid growing public anger at a wealthy elite widely blamed for the nation's protracted debt crisis.

Link to corruption affair?

The head of the central bank is currently associated with a corruption affair surrounding the former Hellenic Postbank.

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The Greek banking sector experienced a complete overhaul in 2013 in the wake of a recapitalization program supported by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Hellenic Bank was taken over by the privately run Eurobank as a result of the restructuring scheme.

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