Incident Summary:

05/20/1999: Five propane bombs exploded at the Austrian Embassy's commercial section offices in Athens, Greece. There were no deaths or injuries that occurred from the explosions or the resulting fire. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Specific Description The Austrian Embassy's commercial section offices in Athens
Nationality of Target Austria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Pressure Trigger
Weapon Details
The attackers used five propane bombs.
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 Although no group claimed responsibility for the attack, authorities believed that 17 November Revolutionary Organization (17N) was responsible for the attack. 17N had attacked several other foreign targets such as international banks and the German Ambassador earlier in May 1999.
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
“Firebomb blasts damage Austrian commercial offices,” Associated Press Worldstream, May 20, 1999.