Incident Summary:

09/02/2000: On early morning of September 2, 2000, Black Star members burned a DHL courier van. The DHL van and a Turkish embassy car parked in front of the van were damaged by the flames. Black Star called in to a radio station on September 2, 2000 to claim responsibility for this incident, and also for burning a Polish embassy car on 08/31/2000. Police did not suspect that the Turkish embassy car was the target because the car did not have diplomatic plates.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity DHL
Specific Description A DHL courier van in Paleo Faliro, Greece
Nationality of Target Multinational
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Turkish Embassy
Specific Description Turkish Embassy car
Nationality of Target Turkey
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 Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Unknown weapons were used, but the effect was that the van was torched.
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 This incident is related to two other incidents perpetrated by Black Star on 09/06/2000: (cf. 200009060004, 200009060005).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Black Star Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
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
"Arsonists torch car belonging to courier company, Turkish embassy," AP Worldstream, September 2, 2000.
"Turkish embassy car damaged in Athens arson attack," Agence France Presse, September 2, 2000.
"U.S.-registered van set ablaze; Communist offices attacked," The Associated Press Worldstream, September 6, 2000.