A car bomb exploded in the early hours of Christmas morning causing severe damage to a vehicle belonging to the mother of the Mayor of Paphos.
According to reports in local Cypriot press, Paphos Police responded immediately after information was received about a vehicle explosion at 4:05 am in Paphos.
Upon initial inspection it was found that the vehicle was owned by 66-year-old Coralia Phedonos, mother of the Paphos Mayor and was parked under her house.
In his statement, police spokesman Michalis Ioannou said that as a result of the explosion the front part of the vehicle was completely destroyed, while damage was also caused to the dwelling.
Mr. Ioannou said that from the preliminary examination of the scene, it seems that the explosion was due to an improvised device containing a high-explosive substance. The explosive device appears to have been placed under the front of the vehicle which was parked in the semi-basement car park area of the house. No one was injured in the powerful explosion.
The scene was cordoned off by the police whilst further scientific examinations were carried out.
Police are continuing investigations including taking statements from residents in the area and collecting evidence to try to identify the perpetrators.
In a post on social media site, Facebook, the Mayor of Paphos attached a photo of the bombed vehicle and stated that those who did this will not achieve anything as the will remains unbeatable.
Describing the act as cowardly he called upon the police and state to coordinate and act swiftly and effectively to send a clear message, that such actions cannot be tolerated.