Incident Summary:

06/08/2000: Two men on a motorcycle shot and killed a British military attache, Brigadier Stephen Saunders, in a Athens suburb was he while driving to work at the British Embassy in Athens. Police identified the 17 November Revolutionary Organization (17N) as responsible for the attack.




Western Europe

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Location Details:
This incident occurred in the northern suburbs of Athens.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity British Military Attache
Specific Description Brigadier Stephen Saunders
Nationality of Target Great Britain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 The assassination occurred only few days after the US published a report on terrorism particularly harmful to Greece.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
November 17 Revolutionary Organization (N17RO) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
Rupert Cornwell, "Strike From the Shadows in a Land Soft on Terrorists," London Independent, June 09, 2000.
Alessandra Stanley, "British Attache Is Assassinated On Greek Street", The New York Times, June 09, 2000.
Kerin Hope, "Terrorist group claims it killed UK diplomat", The Financial Times, June 10, 2000.