Arson attacks against Turkish-owned cars in Thessaloniki

Unknown arsonists on Monday torched two cars owned by Turkish nationals, one of them a diplomat, in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, pro-government newspaper Hürriyet said.

The diplomatic vehicle of Serkan Buralı, Turkey's commercial attaché to Thessaloniki, was set on fire in front of his house in the city centre on Monday, Hürriyet said.

Shortly afterwards, the car of a Turkish official working for the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, an international financial institution, was also set on fire in front of her house, a kilometre away from the first attack, according to the newspaper.

Firefighters intervened, but both cars were damaged beyond repair.

Police said the arsonists struck in the pre-dawn hours of Monday, pouring flammable liquid over the cars before torching them.

The Greek Foreign Ministry denounced the attacks, saying Greek authorities would take all necessary action to investigate the incidents and bring those responsible to justice.

"We condemn in the most unequivocal manner the arson attacks that were carried out today in Thessaloniki, which caused damages to the vehicles of an employee of the Turkish consulate and a Turkish employee of the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, as well as to other nearby private vehicles," the ministry said in a statement.

The attacks come amid increasing tension between Ankara, Athens and Cyprus over sovereign rights and international law in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean.