Greek police say former prime minister Lucas Papademos has been wounded in an explosion in a car in central Athens.

Authorities said the daytime blast left 69-year-old Mr Papademos with non-life-threatening injuries.

Mr Papademos served as prime minister for six months in 2011-2012 and is a former deputy governor of the European Central Bank.

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Police said two other people in the car were also wounded.

Police did not immediately confirm news media reports that the explosion was caused by a parcel bomb.