Incident Summary:

05/05/1999: Attackers suspected to belong to the 17 November Revolutionary Organization (17N) launched three rockets at foreign banks in Piraeus, Greece. In this attack, a single rocket struck the Banque Nationale de Paris branch, but did not successfully explode. The rocket targeting the Midland branch also did not explode, while the rocket attack on the Chase-Manhattan Bank branch did.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Banque Nationale de Paris
Specific Description Banque Nationale de Paris branch located in Piraeus
Nationality of Target France
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/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
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 three related attacks (cf. 199905050002-4). The attacks occurred shortly after midnight so there were no injuries or deaths as a result. While the attacks were unclaimed, police officials believed that the 17 November Revolutionary Organization was responsible.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
November 17 Revolutionary Organization (N17RO) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
"November 17 thought behind rocket attacks," Athens News Agency, May 6, 1999.
"Three Foreign Banks in Greece Attacked," Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation Radio Network, May 6, 1999.