Incident Summary:

06/08/2007: A total of seven vehicles were destroyed when an unknown number of Athens and Thessaloniki Arsonist Nuclei perpetrators used homemade gas canisters to set fire to cars at dealerships in the early morning in Athens, Athens Periphery, Greece. In this case a Mercedes-Benz dealership was targeted.The Arsonists Nuclei later claimed responsibility for the attack.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Mercedes
Specific Description Mercedes car dealership in Athens
Nationality of Target Germany
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Homemade gas-canister bombs.
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 This was the eighth of eight arson attacks around Greece and the second of two attacks against German car dealerships in Athens on June 8 and may have been related to the concurrent G-8 summit in Germany. The Athens and Thessaloniki Arsonist Nuclei claimed credit for the attack in a text message sent to journalists at Elevtherotipia on June 9, stating the attacks were in response to the G-8 summit and the recent arrests of other arsonists. This was one of 8 related attacks (cf. 200706080024, 200706080025, 200706080026, 200706080027, 200706080028, 200706080029, and 200706080030).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Athens and Thessaloniki Arsonist Nuclei Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
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
“5 German-related targets hit in Greek arson attacks,” Associated Press Worldstream, June 8, 2007.
“Roundup: arson attacks hit German firms in Greece as G8 heads meet,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, June 8, 2007.
“Highlights: Greek press 9 Jun 07,” Greece – OSC Summary, June 9, 2007.