Incident Summary:

05/17/1998: The office Olympic Airways in Athens, Greece, was bombed, causing extensive damage but no injuries. The blast was claimed by both the May 98 and the Fighting Guerrillas of May organizations. A third call from 17 November Revolutionary Organization (17N) claiming responsibility was dismissed as bogus. In a second, related incident, the Ionian Bank was also attacked.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Olympic Airways
Specific Description Olympic Airways in Athens, Greece
Nationality of Target Greece
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Time Fuse
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This was one of two related attacks (cf. 199805170005-06). The relatively sophisticated nature of the timed devices used alarmed police, who believed the new groups were more likely to be an offshoot of a terrorist group than an anarchist group.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Fighting Guerrillas of May (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
May 98 (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
November 17 Revolutionary Organization (N17RO) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Derek, Gatopoulos, “New Greek Groups Claim Responsibility for Bomb Attacks,” Athens News Agency, May 19, 1998.
“Two bombs rock central Athens,” BC cycle, May 17, 1998.