Incident Summary:

06/03/2009: On Wednesday, during the late evening, in the Melissia area of Athens, Attiki, Greece, a group of about ten assailants threw Molotov cocktails at a police station, destroying two nearby vehicles and damaging four others but causing no injuries. The group was repulsed by the police station's guard, who fired shots in the air, while the duty officer threw two non-lethal grenades, emitting sound and light. The assailants fled on motorcycles and on foot. Alexandros Grigoropoulos Anarchist Attack Group claimed responsibility.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in the Melissia area of Athens.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Greek Law Enforcement
Specific Description A police station
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 Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Molotov cocktails were 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
Alexandros Grigoropoulos Anarchist Attack Group Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 10
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
National Counterterrorism Center, "Two Vehicles Destroyed, Three Others Damaged in Incendiary Attack by Alexandros Grigoropoulos Anarchist Attack Group in Athens, Attiki, Greece," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, November 17, 2009.
Athens News Agency, "Fire-Bomb Attack on Police Station in Melissia," LexisNexis Academic, Athens News Agency, June 4, 2009.