Incident Summary:

12/30/2010: On Thursday morning around 0821, in the Panormos area of central Athens, Greece, Greece, a bomb placed on a motorbike exploded outside a courthouse. The blast damaged two administrative court buildings, shattered windows, damaged cars, and sent up a cloud of smoke that was visible across the city. The explosion occurred after an anonymous phone call warning. Two men in police uniforms were seen pulling up near the court building on a scooter around 0630. No casualties were reported and the militant group Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei claimed responsibility for the attack.




Western Europe

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Location Details:
The attack took place outside a courthouse in the Panormos area of central Athens, Greece, Greece.

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 A court in Athens
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
Unknown explosives 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
Conspiracy of Cells of Fire 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
Xinhua News Agency, "Bomb Explodes Outside Court in Athens, No Injuries Reported so Far," Xinhua News Agency, December 30, 2010,
Niki Kitsantonis, "Bomb Blast Damages Athens Court Building," New York Daily News, December 30, 2010,
Pembroke Observer, "Greek Guerrillas Claim Athens Court Blast," LexisNexis Academic, Pembroke Observer, January 6, 2011.