Incident Summary:

06/03/2013: An explosive device comprised of gas canisters detonated outside an Environment Ministry office in Athens city, Attica region, Greece. No one was injured in the blast. This was one of three coordinated attacks in Athens on this day. Proletariat Self-defense Groups claimed responsibility for the incident, stating that it was carried out in solidarity with residents who had been against local mining practices.




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Location Details:
The incident occurred in central Athens.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change
Specific Description Office
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/Bombs/Dynamite Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An explosive device consisting of gas canisters was 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
Proletariat Self-defense Groups 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
"Small gas canister bombs explode in Athens," Reuters, June 3, 2013.
"Unknown group claims arson attack on Greek politician's office,", June 6, 2013.
"Minor arson attacks target Greek state officials, one light injury," Xinhua News Agency, June 3, 2013.