Incident Summary:

06/24/2010: On Thursday evening at 2015, in Athens, Greece, an improvised explosive device disguised as a gift, detonated at the offices of the Ministry of Citizen Protection, killing Giorgos Vassilakis, 52, head of the minister's security team and damaging the building. No group claimed responsibility, although Revolutionary Struggle was suspected.




Western Europe

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Location Details:
The attack took place at the offices of the Ministry of Citizen Protection 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 Ministry of Citizen Protection
Specific Description The offices of the Ministry of Citizen Protection
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 Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device disguised as a gift 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) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
Jane’s Intelligence, “IED Attack Kills One in Greek Capital,” Terrorism Watch Report, June 25, 2010.
Press TV, "Bomb Blast Kills Greek Minister's Aide,"§ionid=351020606 (June 25, 2010).
National Counterterrorism Center, "One Police Officer Killed in Letter Bomb Attack by Suspected Revolutionary Struggle in Athens, Attiki, Greece," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, October 26, 2010.