Incident Summary:

11/02/2010: On Tuesday, in the cargo area of Athens International Airport in Athens, Greece, Greece, two improvised explosive devices were destroyed by police after they were discovered in packages. The packages were addressed to the European Union's highest court in Luxembourg and to the Europol Law Enforcement Agency in the Netherlands. There were no casualties or damages and the Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei claimed responsibility for the attempted bombings. Thirteen of the group's members were arrested in connection with the attacks.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in the cargo area of Athens International Airport in Athens, Greece, Greece.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Luxembourger Government
Specific Description The European Union's highest court in Luxembourg
Nationality of Target Luxembourg
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Dutch Law Enforcement
Specific Description The Europol Law Enforcement Agency in the Netherlands was targeted.
Nationality of Target Netherlands
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Letter Bomb
Weapon Details
Two improvised explosive devices were 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
Conspiracy of Cells of Fire Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 13
Number of Captured Perpetrators 13
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
New York Times, "Another Package is Defused as Greece Halts Overseas Mail," New York Times, November 4, 2010,
Jane's Intelligence, "Trial Of Suspected Fire Conspiracy Cells Militants Begins in Greece's Korydallos," Terrorism Watch Report, Al-Jazeera, January 18, 2011.
Angeliki Koutantou, "Greek Police Blow up Parcel Bound for Chile Embassy," November 2, 2010,