Incident Summary:

09/07/2000: A car belonging to Greece's Ambassador to Albania, Alexandros Mallias, was torched. The car bore diplomatic plates, but did not show country of origin. The Black Star group, a self-proclaimed anarchist organization, claimed responsibility on September 8, 2000.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Hellenic Republic (Greece)
Specific Description Car belonging to Alexandros Mallias, Greek Ambassador to Albania
Nationality of Target Greece
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
It is unclear what was used to start the flames that damaged the car.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The incident was one of two on September 7, 2000 (cf. 200009070001), that was carried out by the Black Star organization. Black Star claimed responsibility for a series of firebomb attacks against vehicles and buildings of organizations with diplomatic affiliations in 2000. The group claimed responsibility through anonymous phone calls to the Athens daily "Eleftherotypia" and Athens radio station "Flash," according to IRNA, and confirmed by the Athens News.
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
"Islamic/Aegean Terrorism Review 7 Sep," FBIS, September 7, 2000.
"Greek 'Anarchist' Group Claims Responsibility for Diplomatic Cars' Arson," Athens News, September 8, 2000.
"IRNA: Iranian Diplomatic Car Torched in Athens," IRNA, September 7, 2000.