Incident Summary:

01/11/1999: A small firebomb exploded outside the office of Greece's Deputy Foreign Minister, George Papandreou, in Athens. The firebomb, consisting of a propane gas canister and a container of gasoline, was placed outside the third floor office. The blast led to a small fire that damaged the office entrance. There were no casualties reported in this incident. Children of November claimed responsibility for the attack in an anonymous telephone call to an Athens daily newspaper.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Deputy Foreign Minister George Papandreou
Specific Description Greece's Deputy Foreign Minister, George Papandreou, in Athens
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
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
The firebomb was comprised of a gas canister and a container of fuel.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Children of November 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
“Explosion damages deputy foreign minister's private office,” Associated Press Worldstream, January 11, 1999.
“'Children of November' Claim Athens Attack,” Athens News Agency, January 11, 1999.
“Explosion at Greek Official's Office; No Injuries,” Athens News Agency, January 12, 1999.