Incident Summary:

07/03/2009: On Friday night at 0437, in Ambelokipi, Athens, Attiki, Greece, a time bomb exploded outside a branch of McDonald's, causing extensive damage to the premises to the fast-food outlet, a tax office located above, and showered the sidewalk with broken glass and rubble but causing no casualties. Anonymous warning calls were made to two Athens newspapers naming the McDonald's food chain as the target, allowing police officers to cordon off the area before the explosion. The bomb comprised two kilograms of ammonium nitrate, had been placed under a ramp for wheelchair access outside the fast-food outlet and it was believed to attack being planned to coincide with America's Independence Day on 07/04/2009. No group has claimed responsibility, but the group Revolutionary Struggle is thought to be responsible.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place outside a McDonald's branch in Ambelokipi, Athens.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity McDonald's
Specific Description A business
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Time Fuse
Weapon Details
A time bomb made from 2 kilograms of ammonium nitrate 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 (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (pre-incident))
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 Online, "Time Bomb Exploded Outside Mcdonalds Branch in Athens Suburbs," World News Connection, Kathimerini Online, July 06, 2009.
Associated Press Worldstream, "Bomb Damages McDonalds Restaurant in Greece," LexisNexis Academic, Associated Press Worldstream, July 03, 2009.