Incident Summary:

01/05/2009: On Monday, at the intersection of Zaimis and Kountouriotou Streets in Exarkhia, behind the Culture Ministry in Greece, three Riot Squad officers were attacked by gunmen using Kalashnikov rifles, MP5 submachine gun and a hand grenade. One officer was injured. Police recovered 27 Kalashnikov shells and four 9mm shells from the MP5 at the scene. No damage or motive were reported. The Revolutionary Struggle has claimed responsibility for this attack.




Western Europe

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Location Details:
The attack took place in Exarkhia.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Exarkhia Law Enforcement.
Specific Description A Riot Squad officers were the target.
Nationality of Target Greece
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Explosives Grenade
Weapon Details
Gunmen used Kalashnikov rifles and MP5 submachine guns. A hand grenade was used in the 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
Revolutionary Struggle Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
National Counterterrorism Center, "One Police Officer Wounded in Armed Attack by Revolutionary Struggle in Athens, Attiki, Greece," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, December 03, 2009.
Sydney Morning Herald, "Bomb Damages Citibank Branch in Athens," Sydney Morning Herald, March 9, 2009.