Incident Summary:

07/19/2010: On Monday morning at 0525, in the Llioupoli area of Athens, Greece, unidentified gunmen armed with nine millimeter pistols shot and killed an investigative journalist, Sokratis Giolias, outside his residence. He was shot 15 times by three gunmen dressed as security personnel reporting someone had stolen his car. No damage was reported and no group claimed responsibility, but it was believed that the Sect of Revolutionaries was responsible.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack occurred in the Llioupoli area of Athens.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity
Specific Description A journalist, Sokratis Giolias, was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Greece
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
Two nine millimeter pistols 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
Sect of Revolutionaries (Greece) (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, “Unidentified Militants Kill Journalist in Greek Capital,” Terrorism Watch Report, July 20, 2010.
Xinhua News Agency, "Greek Police Suspect Terrorists behind Fatal Shooting of Journalist," Xinhua News Agency, July 20, 2010,
Agence France Presse, "Greek Police Suspect Far-Left in Greek Journalist's Killing," World News Connection, Agence France Presse, July 19, 2010.