Incident Summary:

09/04/2000: Two perpetrators on a motorcycle threw three gasoline bombs at a police station in Papagou, about three miles northeast of central Athens. There were no injuries, but a police car parked outside was damaged by the bombs. No arrests were made, but the Black Star group on September 6, 2000 claimed responsibility for the incident by calling into an Athens newspaper and radio station.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Greek Police
Specific Description Police station in Papagou
Nationality of Target Greece
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 Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
Gasoline bombs were used.
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 During the call-in to the media to claim responsibility for the attacks, the perpetrators claimed to be speaking for all Greek anarchist groups in protesting the new anti-terrorism law in Greece. The attack was part of a series of bombs set off by Black Star starting in August 2000.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Black Star Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
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
"Bombs rattle Athens," United Press International, September 6, 2000.
"Greek anarchist group takes responsibility for firebombing police station," The Associated Press Worldstream, September 4, 2000.
"Firebombs hit police station; British car dealership bombed," The Associated Press Worldstream, September 4, 2000.