Incident Summary:

07/11/2003: In Athens, Greece the Alter TV channel received a phone call that stated a bomb was set to explode in ten minutes on the second floor of a building on Mihalokopoulou Street. Police investigated the building and found dynamite, a detonator, and a wristwatch that was supposed to act as a timing device inside a metal box. The bomb was safely detonated. The Popular Revolutionary Action claimed responsibility for the attempted attack which did not kill or injure anyone.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Business Office Building, Athens, Greece
Specific Description Alico Insurance Company
Nationality of Target Greece
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Dynamite/TNT
Weapon Details
Police found a metal box containing a small amount of dynamite, a detonator, and a wristwatch that was supposed to act as a timing device.
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 floor of the building where the bomb was discovered contained offices, including Alico, and one residential apartment. The Popular Revolutionary Action claimed responsibility by sending a five page proclamation to the Eleftherotypia Daily Newspaper. The proclamation criticized former Public Order Minister and current PASOK Secretary Michalis Chryssohoidis, chief of police Fotis Nasiakos, and the Chairman of the Court trying the "November 17" alleged members at Korydallos prison, and spoke of the "collapse of democracy" and of the "fascism of the Greek society." The proclamation also made reference to the "fallen former fighters of the Left" and the modernizers who rendered Greece a country subjugated to the Americans.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Popular Revolutionary Action (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
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
“No claim of responsibility for failed bomb attack in Athens,” Athens News Agency, July 12, 2003.
“New group in Greece claims failed 11 July bomb attack on insurance company,” World News Connection, July 26, 2003.