During routine cargo screening for DHL, the international logistics provider, at Athens’ International Airport, Greece, in November last year, a G4S security officer identified two suspicious parcels. These were isolated and found to contain explosive material. They were destined for delivery to two high-ranking European agencies.
At that time, there was a European-wide alert regarding parcels containing explosives which Greek terrorists had addressed to recipients in a number of countries.
This success in intercepting the packages demonstrated that the G4S Aviation & Ports Secure Solutions division in Greece operates with the highest standards and security procedures and the training given to its employees makes them experts in their field.
The Greek police detonated the packages, along with others discovered in Athens. Two parcels sent by the terrorists through one of DHL’s competitors were not recognised as containing explosive material by that company’s security screeners.
Among the packages sent in the terrorists’ coordinated attack which successfully reached their destinations, using international airmail and parcel services, was a bomb addressed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Security forces in a building adjacent to her office destroyed it.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and French President Nicolas Sarkozy also had explosives sent to them. Similar packages were sent to various foreign embassies, including the Russian Embassy in Athens where it was destroyed in a controlled explosion.
G4S has been providing a range of security solutions at Athens’ Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport for many years.