Incident Summary:

09/02/2009: On Wednesday morning at 0538, in one of two related attacks, in Athens, Attiki, Greece, assailants detonated a vehicle borne improvised explosive device outside the Athens stock exchange, wounding a civilian and damaging the building and several cars. The attack was preceded by anonymous warning calls to the newspaper Eleftherotypia about 40 minutes before the attack, but no motive was reported. No group claimed responsibility but police suspected a far-left militant group called the Revolutionary Struggle to be responsible for the attack. This is one of two related attacks.




Western Europe

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Location Details:
The attack took place in Athens.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Greek Government
Specific Description The Athens stock exchange
Nationality of Target Greece
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
A vehicle borne improvised explosive device was used in the attack.
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
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 / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
The Guardian, "Bomb Attacks in Greece Blamed on Far-Left Group," (September 02, 2009).
Xinhua News Agency, "Bomb Explodes Outside Athens Stock Market, Hurts One," (September 02, 2009).
Press TV, "Homemade Bombs Rock Greece,"§ionid=351020606 (September 03, 2009).