Incident Summary:

02/02/2011: On Wednesday, a parcel improvised explosive device (IED) was discovered at the Ministry of Justice building in Athens, Greece, Greece. The parcel IED was addressed to a Justice Minister Harris Kastanidis, who served at the location, but was found by security personnel during a regular security check. Greek police responded and used a controlled explosion to make the IED safe before it could detonate. Further examination revealed that the package contained some type of explosive, a battery, and some wires in a setup similar to the parcel bombs sent throughout Greece and Europe in November 2010. No casualties were reported. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on a website.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Justice Ministry
Specific Description Harris Kastanidis, Justice Official
Nationality of Target Greece
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Letter Bomb
Weapon Details
A parcel improvised explosive device was used in the attempted 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: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
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
Renee Maltezou, "Greek Police Defuse Parcel Bomb at Justice Ministry," Reuters, February 2, 2011,
Ingrid Melander & Mark Trevelyan, "Greek Guerrilla Group Claims Ministry Parcel Bomb," Reuters, February 6, 2011,
Agence France Presse, "Greek Anarchist Group Claims Responsibility for Earlier Letter Bomb," World News Connection, Agence France Presse, February 6, 2011.