Incident Summary:

05/16/1999: Perpetrators suspected of belonging to 17 November Revolutionary Organization (17N) launched two rockets at German Ambassador Karl Heinz Kuhna's residence in Athens, Greece. Neither Kuhna nor anyone else was injured in the attack. One of the two rockets used in the attack exploded and caused only minor damage to the roof of the residence.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity German Foreign Ministry
Specific Description The Athens residence of the German Ambassador to Greece
Nationality of Target Germany
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.)
Weapon Details
The attackers used a homemade bazooka that was made out of a plastic pipe launching tube. The rocket was 3.5 inches long and traveled a distance of 150 meters before impacting the roof of the residence.
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
Additional Information Police found the getaway car used by the perpetrators after the attack. Inside the car, they found blood, indicating that one or more of the perpetrators were injured in the attack.
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 Unknown
“Police find getaway car from missile attack,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, May 18,1999.
“Greek police find bloodstains from embassy attacker,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, May 17, 1999.
“German ambassador's residence damaged in rocket attack,” BBC Summary of World Broadcasts, May 18, 1999.