Incident Summary:

10/24/2008: On Friday night, an improvised explosive device planted by unknown assailants, was located and safely defused by police outside the headquarters of the Royal Dutch Shell oil company in the coastal suburb of Palaio Faliron, Athens, Athens province, Greece. The bomb was composed of three kilos of dynamite and a timer inside a plastic toolbox. Police believed that the bombers were also targeting the Olympic Properties, which is located near the oil company headquarters. No casualties were reported as the bomb was defused by police prior to detonation. An anonymous caller alerted police to the bomb. Police suspected that either the Revolutionary Struggle group or the leftist Enedra group was responsible for the incident, mainly because the bomb components were identical to the bomb components of previous bombings by the Revolutionary Struggle and the fact that the callers informed the police instead of the media as Enedra has been known to do.




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Location Details:
The attempted bombing attack took place outside the headquarters of the Royal Dutch Shell oil company in the coastal suburb of Palaio Faliron, Athens, Athens province, Greece.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company
Specific Description The headquarters of the Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company
Nationality of Target Netherlands
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity
Specific Description The Greek Olympic Properties located near the Oil Company Headquarters was also believed to be targeted.
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Dynamite/TNT
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device containing three kilos of dynamite and a timer placed inside a plastic toolbox was used in the attempted bombing attack.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Armed Revolutionary Action (ENEDRA) Unknown
Revolutionary Struggle (suspected) Unknown
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
Kathimerini, "Greek Police Concerned with Radical Leftist Terror Group's Possible Reappearance," World News Connection, Kathimerini, October 25, 2008.
Agence France Presse, "Greek Police Neutralise Bomb in Front of Shell Headquarters," Lexis Nexis, Agence France Presse, October 24, 2008.