Incident Summary:

01/20/2013: An explosive device hidden inside a trash can detonated inside The Mall Athens in Maroussi district of Athens, Attica region, Greece. Two security guards were injured in the blast. Two groups, Wild Freedom and Instigators of Social Explosion, co-claimed the attack as a protest against capitalism and raids on squatters in central Athens.




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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Maroussi neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity The Mall Athens
Specific Description Shopping Center
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 explosive device containing ammonium nitrate, fuel oil, and gelignite and placed inside a pressure cooker 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
Additional Information Two media groups received an anonymous call fifty minutes before the blast warning that there was a bomb in the mall, sparking a mass evacuation.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (suspected) No
Instigators of Social Explosion Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Wild Freedom 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 / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Greece: Two Guards Lightly Wounded in Athens Mall Blast," AFP (North European Service), January 20, 2013.
"Explosive device at shopping mall near Athens injures two," Reuters, January 20, 2013.
"Greek anarchist groups claim bomb blast at Athens mall," Reuters UK, January 24, 2013.